When a person's face goes blank (eyes flatten similar to those of a fish, face goes pale and slack, body slumps), it indicates a person who is ready to explode. If the person is standing, the shoulders will relax, chin may drop, and his arms will go limp at the sides. If person is sitting, he or she will move to the edge of the chair in your direction and will place his or her hands so he or she can push off toward you. A slight twitch of the body is another indicator of an intention to move. Be very cautious of the person who ignores you and acts as if he or she does not hear you, such as continuing to commit a crime even after seeing you.
Use Your Eyes Effectively
Sometimes your opponent has an intense, hypnotic gaze that seems to bore into the soul. This can be disconcerting or at least distracting. You may look away to break the intensity of the moment, but when you look back, the stare is more intense than before. Looking away may indicate your weakness and encourage the stare, so instead of looking away, look between the eyes, at the nose, at the eyebrows, or even at the cheekbone. Try looking through the eyes, as if looking at a spot beyond the person. This will keep you emotionless and unaffected by the hard eyes. It also keeps your face blank, giving the opponent nothing to feed upon.
Use the Sudden Look
When a person is becoming hostile with you, as you talk, look off to the side (while still monitoring the person with your peripheral vision), and then, abruptly turn your head back and look hard into the person's eyes. Some people, though not all, are momentarily frozen by this technique, a moment which provides an opportunity to move in and take control of the person.
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