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Ever get the feeling you are being watched ?

Posted on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 | Comment icon 42 comments

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Scientists believe that the sensation of being watched is actually hard-wired in to our brains.

New research suggests that we are predisposed to assume that someone is staring at us even when nobody is actually doing so. Far from being a 'sixth sense' as some believe, the feeling is actually an evolutionary mechanism for keeping us alert and ready - the brain effectively intervenes to prepare us for potential threats.

"It turns out we're hard-wired to believe others are staring at us," said psychologist Prof Colin Clifford. "A direct gaze can signal dominance or a threat, and if you perceive something as a threat, you would not want to miss it. So simply assuming another person is looking at you may be the safest strategy."

"The feeling that others are watching us is an evolutionary mechanism designed to keep us alert and ready for interaction before it really happens, experts said."

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Comment icon #33 Posted by LostSouls7 on 20 June, 2013, 20:50
When I go out to public... people look at me a lot.. maybe because im tall.. or it could be my pointy wizard hat.. i wear even to the grocery store..
Comment icon #34 Posted by born2run on 21 June, 2013, 2:17
Comment icon #35 Posted by regeneratia on 21 June, 2013, 2:19
I have never really had this sensation since becoming an adult. As a child, I felt this way. Wow, nice place to be from! I have been in that area.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Frank Merton on 21 June, 2013, 2:37
I suspect that if you wear a pointy hat and a long robe and clogs when you are out and about, people will tend to either stare at you or work hard at not glancing in your direction.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Lava_Lady on 21 June, 2013, 21:58
I always take a long look at people that are taller than the average.... maybe wishful thinking as I'm only of average height. How tall are you anyway?
Comment icon #38 Posted by Dragon Lover 21 on 27 June, 2013, 23:42
I've always felt like someone is watching me... I just stopped caring.
Comment icon #39 Posted by The Id3al Experience on 28 June, 2013, 1:45
While they are watching me, Im enjoying my life - There loss. lol
Comment icon #40 Posted by Frank Merton on 28 June, 2013, 1:58
Do I ever get the feeling I am being watched? No, not really, unless I notice someone staring at me. The exception are my cats lazing on the stairs -- they watch carefully as I walk up or down them.
Comment icon #41 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 7 July, 2013, 10:09
I remember one time... I was out hunting with my dad I was 10 or 11 and could not yet have a gun. he hauled me around the woods for several hours and I kept telling him "dad we are being watched", "dad we are being followed", "Dad something is watching us". he kept shushing me and eventually turns and said where is whatever is watching us. as he finished asking me the question a doe and surprisingly young fawn black tail deer comes out of the brush directly behind me on our trail not more than 20 feet away and looked him in the eyes before They turned aroun... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by R4z3rsPar4d0x on 8 July, 2013, 17:09
I read that even when your asleep you can sense someone watching you, that was probably wrong though
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