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Eye Gazing

Updated: May 5, 2022

Eye gazing into another person’s eyes for a length of time increases empathy and self-awareness, enhances memory, and causes one to view the other in a more positive light. If you'd like to deepen your bond with another person, try eye gazing. It involves staring into each other's eyes for an extended amount of time. The practice can increase trust and intimacy, plus help you understand each other's emotions.


  • When two people gaze into each other’s eyes for a few minutes, they can develop deeper trust and greater intimacy and mutual attraction.

  • Over the past 30 years, several studies have shown that eye-gazing brings couples closer and enhances lovemaking.

  • Extended eye-gazing releases compounds in the brain associated with long-term bonding and attachment


Some evidence suggests that prolonged eye contact spurs the nervous system to release oxytocin and phenylethylamine. The former is a hormone, sometimes called the “cuddle hormone.” It's associated with long-term bonding and attachment. The latter sometimes called the “love chemical,” is a neurotransmitter involved in feelings of interpersonal attraction.




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