Re: eye contact, This is something I have to consciously force myself to do. If I stop actively thinking about it I start staring off into space. I do find it helps (with professors, etc) to absorb info if I look at them while they talk, though. With other people/situations when making eye contact, sometimes I don't really hear what they are saying because I'm studying their face.... or if what they're talking about is boring I'm usually thinking about something else. Do this all the time to my husband when he starts talking about history or something. Hah.