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    people watching has always been one of my favorite ways to kill time... I enjoy watching how the other people move, what they seem to be up to, how they interact with others and their environment and such... people are interesting and they are all rather different from one another

    I've been told several times lately though (I've had more time to people watch lately!) that I have the tendancy to watch people in a disturbingly predatory manner... like a lion would watch gazelles from the tall grass... sitting rather still in an out of the way location (It's shadier there and the sun burns me! ) and just watching, not spacing off or anything

    Worse yet, I watch people that I'm talking to in the same way... watching for body language, changes in inflection and such because that's where most of the communication occurrs. Most people don't realize this, but a few do... they tend to shift how they are standing and modify how they move once they catch on to the fact that they are being watched

    I can't help it... it's how I naturally watch people! I was wondering... is this a type thing in a way? Just curious!
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    one of my favourite activities. watching and observing behavior.
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    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    people watching has always been one of my favorite ways to kill time...
    What are you, a senior citizen?

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    nope... a sociology degree holder with no outlet for my education
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    nope... a sociology degree holder with no outlet for my education
    I'm watching you, watching them, watching me, watching you...

    Who watches the watchers?

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    probably a security camera somewhere

    I tend to look at those as well...
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    I like watching people too.
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    lol, you're so cute!

    I do that too, actually I love doing it, esp at airports. Something about the frantic commotion, and the expression of remorse, sadness, excitement, regret, and everything else between. You want the perfect place of true expression, watch people at the airport. Just don't get arrested for looking suspicious

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    Quote Originally Posted by You'reWrongI'mRight View Post
    lol, you're so cute!

    I do that too, actually I love doing it, esp at airports. Something about the frantic commotion, and the expression of remorse, sadness, excitement, regret, and everything else between. You want the perfect place of true expression, watch people at the airport. Just don't get arrested for looking suspicious
    I'll be at the airport tomorrow! I'm doing it. And snapping pics. I particularly like what some people think up for hair styles. Normally, I like to watch from far away, because if I engage in communication I have trouble maintaining eye contact and thus, can't actually watch what they're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I've been told several times lately though (I've had more time to people watch lately!) that I have the tendancy to watch people in a disturbingly predatory manner... like a lion would watch gazelles from the tall grass... sitting rather still in an out of the way location (It's shadier there and the sun burns me! ) and just watching, not spacing off or anything
    The intensity with which you watch is directly proportional to your desire to understand your subjects, and learn from them. This is not predatory, it is professional!

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    I can't help it... it's how I naturally watch people! I was wondering... is this a type thing in a way? Just curious!
    It's definitely an ESTP thing!

    One time, my friend Jack (ESFP) and I were at the bar (outdoor) of a really nice hotel in Deerfield Beach, FL. We were buzzed to say the least.

    Off to our right were these three guys. One of them was a really small guy, but he was so incredibly animated, he was hilarious, probably one of the most entertaining people I've ever watched from afar. The two dudes he was talking with tried to stop talking to him like three times, but they couldn't because he was so damn funny. Jack and I were cracking up to ourselves, watching from the other side of the pool deck. The only reason the two guys were able to escape was because a nice looking group of girls walked by and guess who started entertaining them? A classic, classic people watching moment. I'll never forget it. It was 100% positive. Everyone was smiling and laughing, you can't get better than that.

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    I'm watching you, watching them, watching me, watching you...
    Holy Jee-Willickers!

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    Who watches the watchers?
    The Uber-Watchers?!

    Quote Originally Posted by You'reWrongI'mRight View Post
    I do that too, actually I love doing it, esp at airports. Something about the frantic commotion, and the expression of remorse, sadness, excitement, regret, and everything else between. You want the perfect place of true expression, watch people at the airport. Just don't get arrested for looking suspicious
    Good tip! Especially about not getting arrested!
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