omg, it is intimidating! SSSOOOO intimidating! BUT DON'T STOP STARING! I'm reading this book right now called unmasking the face by paul ekman and this friesen person. my place in the book talks about how looking into someone's face is socially not polite and things like this, but if you want to know what's going on, how the person really feels, KEEP STARING! and, it's a very intimate thing, which totally explains why so many people find it uncomfortable [in general] and so many couples do it ALL the time [another generalization]. so, I say it's a wonderful, intimidating habit. keep it up! if only I had the courage to keep facial and eye contact in a conversation..