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How to Make People Uncomfortable

People spend far too much time trying to figure out how to make people happy and comfortable. Sure, you can get ahead by impressing people; but it is far more fun to get ahead using intimidation and other nefarious tactics to make people uncomfortable.

The art of making other people uncomfortable is a fine one- full of nuance and skill. It is also much easier on one than the practice of pleasing others, which is not only draining but wrought with risks of personal rejection and lapses in respect.

Let us peruse the predominant means of inciting discomfort in others. Whether you wish to climb to the top in the business world, gain social standing, or simply have fun watching others squirm, I have great advice for you below.

Before You Begin

Stop taking yourself so seriously. Really.

People put way too much stock in their lives and reputations- so much so that they are unable to take the risks necessary to actually build a reputation worth defending.

If you want to be at all effective at making others uncomfortable, you must first learn to never be uncomfortable with yourself. One of the easiest means of achieving this is to cease taking yourself seriously.

The Face

Let us move from the basics of outlook and personality to the basics of facial expressions.
Though your countenance may seem to be a more subtle means of making someone uncomfortable, it is actually one of the most convenient and effective tools you can use.
We depend on people's faces to read situations and get important social cues. By subtly manipulating our faces, we can alter others' subconscious comfort levels. By violently manipulating our faces, we can overtly weird people out.
Here are some good facial expressions to try out:

The Stone

Also commonly known as the poker face, this expression entails the obfuscation of any true expression experienced by the wearer. What makes people uncomfortable about poker faces (for there is nothing out of the ordinary about them) is that they offer no visual feedback for one to go on, making one feel uncertain about oneself and one's situation.

Work those scary face muscles!

Work those scary face muscles!

The Scary Face

Though varied from face to face, this expression involves contorting one's countenance into the most disturbing configuration possible. The best crazy faces can be held for longer than fifteen seconds, as one of the most productive uses of this expressions involves holding it while staring unblinkingly into the eyes of one's opponent.

Scary faces have a long history, and can be seen not only carved onto the masks of acient samurai warriors but also actively utilized by Maori warriors.

The Tick

Not wishing to make light of what for some is not controllable, I must still point out that developing a fake tick can freak people out, especially once you have people convinced that it is a precursor to violent action. Eye, mouth, and eyebrow twitches are the easiest to develop.

General Outward Appearance

Making someone uncomfortable is so dreadfully easy that one can even do it passively after making some initial effort to alter one's appearance.

Permanent and semi-permanent body modifications such as...

  • Certain tattoos
  • Facial piercing
  • Other body piercings
  • Tooth shaving (especially to points)
  • Plugs (especially in areas other than the typical earlobe)
  • Certain types of plastic surgery

...have an excellent track record for making people nervous.

You might even employ more temporary measures such as:

  • Extreme hairstyling
  • Skin dyes
  • Temporary facial inflation with saline injections

Or don accessories such as:

  • Chains
  • Grills
  • Unusual contact lenses
  • Spikes
  • Iron knuckles

...to intimidate certain individuals around you.

Finally, you can disturb others by donning certain apparel, such as:

  • Preppie clothing
  • Punk dress
  • Gothic dress
  • Bondage gear
  • Suits
  • Mismatched outfits
  • Parachute pants
  • Very short skirts
  • Turbans (if you wish to scare Americans)
  • Sandals with socks underneath
  • Fishnet stockings
  • Butcher aprons

Keep in mind that passive intimidation and discomfort-causing using one's outward appearance only works with certain audiences. While some might be afraid of tattoos, piercings, and facial inflation, others are perfectly comfortable with, and perhaps even attracted to, those features.


Though it requires more concerted effort, the most enjoyable means by which one may cause discomfort in others involves one's behavior. Though the efficacy of the following methods will vary depending on one's audience and setting, consider these actions as some of the most common means by which others can be made uncomfortable.

Personal Space

Every man (and woman) has a general area about himself that he considers to be his personal space. Enter that space and he shall be made uncomfortable. This need not entail obvious actions and can be as simple as hugging for a bit too long, standing a bit too close, or even choosing to sit right next to one in an empty or sparsely populated area.

Volume Control

One can also make others uncomfortable simply by (subtly) doing everything a bit too much. Speak too loudly. Move too slowly or quickly. Gesture too wildly- or do not move at all. Do everything in excess- but not so much as to make things obvious. Those most skilled at making others uncomfortable do so without letting their victims realize that the discomfort is being caused by just one person.

TIP: Put lotion on your hands before shaking hands, and shake with a limp hand.

TIP: Put lotion on your hands before shaking hands, and shake with a limp hand.

Additional Actions

People can also be easily made uncomfortable by...

  • Staring
  • Being faced head on in an elevator
  • Nudity
  • Unnecessary contact
  • Religious or political conversation
  • Bad breath
  • Fluids of any sort

It is worth emphasizing that one does not have to do very much to make others uncomfortable. Humans require surprisingly set states and behaviors in order to feel at ease. Deviate from any of them just slightly and you will find that you can make a world of difference. The key lies in understanding those set conditions and their outward bounds so that you can play with them accordingly.

What Makes YOU Uncomfortable?

So there you have it- a quick introduction to various means of making others uncomfortable.

What makes you uncomfortable? I know that it always freaks me out when people compliment me. And I heard someone give a great tip the other day... to put lotion on one's hands before shaking hands with another person.

Let's share ideas, shall we? Let us know about good tactics in the comments below!


Chesterson Jack on May 03, 2015:

This is great resource material... I am currently writing out a character whose personality was created to make the readers (or viewers, if it ends up like a play as I hoped) severely uncomfortable. Thanks a lot!

poetryman6969 on February 17, 2015:

What makes me uncomfortable? This hub? Whoops, did I say that out loud? Very interesting topic.

Alex Hilton on January 01, 2015:

Your article is solid. I am a man in my early 20s. When other individuals I don't even know, especially men, speak to me unsolicited, that makes me pretty damn uncomfortable. Vibes, particularly from people with a bitchy face and nature, can be exceptionally difficult, abusive and irritable. People can be quite confrontational, self-centered and hypocritical. It amazes me how rude they are to pedestrians, but then telling me what to do and pretending to engage everyone in "small talk." This small talk is often a negative complaint that makes the situation worse. If you're in an elevator, you're not staring, you're creating space and watching the floors so you don't miss your floor. It's a social cue: seriously, don't disrupt my day. I wouldn't get drunk, bump into people at bars and apologize by touching them, communicating an ulterior motive. I wouldn't analyze people, failing to stop asking them question after question about their facial expression without using a practical phrase such as "you seem..." I just would not engage with people who are not part of my life. We all get a turn to talk to the person or not. The reason there are safeguards is because not only would unlimited interaction be chaos, it would be highly stressful and frustrating, as a lot of social offenders such as childish "alpha" men and overly privileged, spoiled women will indulge in a "social" atmosphere just to stir discomfort and cause in others immense pain. Leave people the hell alone, guys. The world is not going to give you a hand out. If you don't believe in entitlements, like Simone says, watch your own behavior. I make a practice of this not to get noticed, to get respected (like not touching me in airports or harassing me in line.) There's a fine line that if neglected makes for a very unpleasant and often socially debilitating experience with others. People can always be better. I wish they would be.

Alana Niall from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 19, 2014:

I think it is good to make people uncomfortable as a power-game, in situations where you feel you lack confidence to make an impression. However, it's a short term strategy. You can win people only with love and compassion.

Victor Logan from Omaha, NE on November 06, 2013:

I do this all the time! I invade peoples space, stare and stone face perfect strangers. Being black you must realize that it really makes people very uncomfortable. It is too much fun for me to stop. Great article!!

Jennifer Vasquez from Long Beach, CA on September 14, 2013:

Too much emotion makes me uncomfortable, and my lack of emotion makes others uncomfortable. I guess that about evens it out. Really enjoyed your hub! Couldn't stop grinning!

Helen Lush from Cardiff, Wales, UK on March 29, 2013:

Excellent! Love your dry sense of humour-will be reading more of your stuff!

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on January 14, 2013:

Hehee- have fun!!!

Annette Hendley from London, United Kingdom on January 12, 2013:

I should try some of this on the tube.

rankie14 on August 22, 2012:

Shake someones hand, then sniff it like there is poop on it. haha

R. Fritz from Houston, TX. on August 22, 2012:

After going to the rest room and finding out there is no toilet paper. Pretty uncomfortable feeling!

Darrell Roberts from North Carolina on August 22, 2012:

Fantastic hub you made me laugh all the way through. Sometime it is necessary to make people feel uncomfortable and watch them squirm. :)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 22, 2012:

I found this pretty interesting and something we usually don't think about doing. We often worry about saying and doing the right thing. I know that I do. I am voting up and sharing.

rutley from South Jersey on August 22, 2012:

This is interesting.....I fart and pretend I didn't........................

Joshua Nyamache from Kenya on August 22, 2012:

Speaking too loudly and gesturing too wildly are the best ways for me. They will just cause the person who is bothersome or who is irritating to walk away.

Anastasia Phillis from Chicago on August 22, 2012:

I doubt all of this will help me advance to the top of the business world. Or gain social standing. As a mental exercise I found it pretty amusing, but up to a certain point. It's well-written, which is a huge plus.

I think I will challenge you to do some of the things you suggest, video tape it, and post it as a comment. What say you? Challenge accepted? Oh and then come and read my hubs too ;)

mcbel from New Hampshire on August 21, 2012:

These ideas are rarely performed in real life. I think they're just fun to think about.

Felicia Vasquez from New Mexico on August 21, 2012:

I'm a psychiatrist and all i have to say is are you anti-social? very interesting to read but I kinda worry why you would want to do this?

sapphire99336 from Kennewick, WA on August 21, 2012:

Hilarious! It's amazing how little is required to make people uncomfortable.

lobonorth on August 21, 2012:

Making others uncomfortable seems strange advice for anyone seeking to advance themselves in many occupations. As an amusing pass-time, it may have some entertainment value but it is at the expense of others. There is, perhaps, anthropological value in pointing out some of the many ways to make others uncomfortable. Writing disconcerting or antagonistic comments after articles on this site, would be another way of making people uncomfortable or attempting to intimidate them - but this is an infrequent practice.

I would prefer you and others offered comments that were honest rather than designed for Machiavellian objectives. In fact, Machiavelli's "The Prince" might be a lot better primer for those seeking to make their way in the world. He'd certainly suggest leaving very positive even if quite false responses to make one's way on this site, for example.

Nevertheless I enjoyed the article but thought I should follow your advice and try to make you a little uncomfortable with something of a critique before saying anything positive.

mcbel from New Hampshire on August 21, 2012:

Location location location... Say things you could say anywhere else. Every situation calls for something inappropriate to say. It's all in the setting. I have been both blessed and cursed with the ability to know what exactly NOT to say in every situation that I encounter.

mismazda from a southern georgia peach on August 21, 2012:

Oh my WHAT A HUB..lol..but so true..it was a very intersting hub to read and think about somethings that tick ppl off or things that are offesive to ppl...Hmmm voted up and interesting..

mcbel from New Hampshire on August 21, 2012:

Tell your mom to shut up in front of people she works with.

timthechirpinbyrd from Newport News, VA on August 20, 2012:

This is great hub. You're right, we take ourselves way too serious. This is a funny hub.

vibesites from United States on August 20, 2012:

I'd gotten a kick out of reading this! Fantastic hub. :)

Kim Kennedy from uk on August 20, 2012:

You've got me thinking now. How about, get in a lift, shake hands with everyone (with hand cream of course) then use scary face while giggling. Is that overkill? Thanks for a brilliant hub!

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 20, 2012:

Brilliant article, and enjoyable to read. It's full of wit and humor. Thumbs up!

Rfordin from Florida on August 20, 2012:

I enjoyed your article. I will admit some of the pictures did just what you were trying to do...made me uncomfortable. I agree with you that as human beings we are so focused on "over stepping" boundries that we often take ourselvs to seriously. Nice work!


belleart from Ireland on August 20, 2012:

This is a brilliant hub!!

Akhil S Kumar from kerala on August 19, 2012:

that is very easy

Stephen Govoni from Coastal Massachusetts on August 19, 2012:

Ah this is awesome. I tend not to feel uncomfortable and rather enjoy seeing others make people squirm.

Here's one, if you do not feel uncomfortable about something that is making everyone else uncomfortable, it will continue their discomfort!

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on August 19, 2012:

Interesting hub, Simone. Voted Up+++

Many years ago I experienced the frequent discomfort of having someone with authority over me invade my personal space. She was my boss and a woman trying to make it to the top in an industry that still was considered "a man's world." I liked and respected her, even believed I understood why she did it, but the manner in which she stood so close to me (to emphasize her position of authority, I think) was discomfort to the third power!

I noticed she did the same thing to other people, and they invariably stepped quickly backward. Sometimes I moved backward a tiny bit, but attempted to do so slowly and unobtrusively. Strangely, I know she liked me and valued my work, and I felt the same about her, but this one quirk of hers never stopped being uncomfortable for me. This is just one "real life" example of the discomfort caused by having your personal space invaded.


Claudia Mitchell on August 18, 2012:

Very funny hub. Personal space is my big thing. Cannot stand it when someone is in my space. Yuck. Thanks for a good laugh before I go to bed.

Jenn from Pennsylvania on August 18, 2012:

The lotion on the hand thing would definitely make me uncomfortable! Great and somewhat scary hub. :-)

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 18, 2012:

Wow! The lotion on the hand is brilliant. This is a fantastic hub! :)

chloelozano on August 18, 2012:

Awesome hub! I think the shaking someone's hand after they had put lotion all over them would make me uncomfortable... And run for the nearest sink just in case it wasn't lotion, LOL! You could combine violating someone's personal space with eating an onion before talking to them and then you'd have someone who was standing too close and had stinky breath ;)

PJ on August 17, 2012:

Making people uncomfortable on purpose is something losers do.

Suzie Crumcakes from Fellsmere on August 09, 2012:

Excuse me, but I followed a link about a profile and I ended up here. I have been taught to be polite, so I will not tell you what I think of your ploy to make other folks feel uncomfortable. That might be what you globo-trash city girls are into, but around here, we like to make people happy.

This place is a trip!

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on July 27, 2012:

This is great! I love it. Although that decapitated old doll head freaks the s#$% out of me. I live in Orlando, and Universal Studio's is already planning and getting ready for Halloween. I know a lot of people who work at the amusement attractions. One of which is a Halloween actress, she gets to be a zombie and spook people out for a job. How cool is that!

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on July 26, 2012:

This is totally creepy! Love it. Very funny and creepy at the same time. I have tried the elevator thing a few times (school psyche/sociology experiment)... people really, REALLY hate the non-conformity of someone standing, facing the back of the elevator instead of face-to-front - some will LEAVE the elevator at the immediate next stop even if it is the wrong floor. I think I'm done with experimenting now, tho' - and won't "test out" what I just read on this hub... well, I probably won't.


Bex on March 26, 2012:

There's this one b***c in my building who keeps hanging around us and won't leave my boyfriend alone.... GAME ON!!

Johnny Wheelock on March 18, 2012:

I feel really uncomfortable when People are yelling at each other because we all knows what will happen next

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on March 14, 2012:

HAhaa, glad to hear you'll be doing some experimenting, Johnny! If you find any great methods that I don't mention in the Hub, let me know! I'll add them in- crediting you, of course :D

Johnnyd44 from Florida on March 10, 2012:


Never thought I would read something with such a title all the way through. Caught my attention and now I am going to do some experimenting!



Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on January 30, 2012:


Austin on January 27, 2012:

"You never know when this stuff might come in handy!" Sooo true. I will be trying some of this stuff out tomorrow!

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on October 23, 2011:

That is VERY SMART! I'll have to take that neat little tactic for a spin, midwestmaestro! Thanks for the tip!

midwestmaestro on October 19, 2011:

Another good way to make a person feel uncomfortable is if there is something you find out during a casual conversation they don't particularly like and you keep talking about it, or making up stories about your own experiences with the subject matter.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on September 21, 2011:

Hahaa! Do it! The stone face is a real killer!

Philpott Online on September 18, 2011:

My husband gives me the "stone" face all of the time. Next time I am going to ask him if he is trying to make me uncomfortable.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on July 02, 2011:

YES!! Do so!!

anunez49 from New York on July 02, 2011:

Absolutely hilarious! I am most definitely going to enjoy trying some of these out.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on June 24, 2011:

So true, allpurposeguru! There is nothing so uncomfortable-making as a mother's admonishing yell.

And LOVE the Wagner move. I'm going to have to take that for a spin XD

David Guion from North Carolina on June 23, 2011:

I well remember how easily a woman a couple of aisles over in a store made me really uncomfortable. She just shouted, "David!" My own mother had not called my name in that tone of voice for at least 30 years, but I froze in place. A mother's yell is something a guy just doesn't forget.

I can't remember if English composer Edward Elgar was the perpetrator or the victim, but someone in his foursome always used to whistle a snatch of Wagner just as another was beginning to putt--with the second note always excruciatingly sharp.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on June 23, 2011:

I'm with you on that, Gary Shorthouse. Especially when it's chilly.

And I am SO going to try that out, leroy64! Hahaa!!

Brian L. Powell from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff) on June 23, 2011:

Great Hub. I used to do the elevator trick in college. I also found that just facing the rear of the elevator instead of the door works just as well.

Gary Shorthouse from Reading, UK on June 23, 2011:

Great hub - hate to admit it but really short skirts and very low fronts can make me uncomfortable...

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on June 16, 2011:

Ooooh, excellent point!

Rael Casalme from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on June 15, 2011:

if you are too dazzling beautiful, that could be intimidating and making others uncomfortable is very easy with no effort at all.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on June 15, 2011:

Hahaa, all in the name of convenience, ErikaT! All in the name of convenience :D

ErikaT on June 15, 2011:

I especially was entertained by the suggested Discomforting Appearance Toolkits being sold at Amazon haha.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on June 13, 2011:

Thanks MartieCoetser! Yeah, it really pays to lighten up, methinks :D

And it can be great fun to play around with ticks, J.S.Matthew. I recommend it!

Now THAT would be uncomfortable, Peggy W! And smelly!! And yeah- you'll know it's me!!!

Thank you, ever so, Carolyn 2008! And Extinct Soul, I say we ought to use what god gave us. Why go against the grain? ;)

Excellent point, AliciaC. Body odor certainly makes ME uncomfortable! Hahaa, one of the reasons I loved being on the swim team is that it was never an issue... I should try this whole stinky thing and see just how much it makes people squirm!

Much appreciated, Don Ship. And yeah, some of those photos give me the heeby jeebies too, roshark sobchak and upal19. That's why I chose them!

Ashraf Mir from Dhaka on June 12, 2011:

Not the hub but the face made me uncomfortable. I felt scared.

rorshak sobchak on June 12, 2011:

This was a neat hub. I felt uncomfortable with some of those death stares on the pictures. Ha

rorshak sobchak

Don Ship on June 12, 2011:

Lol. Nice Hub! Well written! :D

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 11, 2011:

This is a very funny hub! I love the idea of facing the "wrong" way in an elevator - I've seen young children do this, but never adults. Sitting close to someone is also a great idea to make them feel uncomfortable. This would probably work very well in an empty bus or train when there's just one other person present. Another tactic that works well is to avoid wearing deodorant on a hot day or to exercise without deodorant and then avoid taking a shower afterwards!

Extinct Soul from 14°35'N 121°0'E on June 10, 2011:

lol...I've been trying so hard to make people comfortable and ignoring the fact that I was given a marvelous gift of making people uncomfortable without any effort. It's tiring..

hmm..this hub has just convinced me to nurture the gift instead..thanks for sharing.

Carolyn Gibson from Boston on June 10, 2011:

Five Stars!!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2011:

How about going down a grocery store aisle following the aromatic scent of someone who has just expelled enough gas that could light up a small town? Now THAT is uncomfortable!

You DO have a way of coming up with unusual but funny hubs. If I'm in San Francisco someday and have a lady enter an elevator who remains facing the back and has a facial tic and also a scary face, I'll know it is you. Haha!

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on June 10, 2011:

Awesome! I can't stop laughing...maybe I'll try one of these today! My favorite was "The Tick". I can imagine making my face have these ticks and people would think something was wrong with me. Great Hub!


Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 10, 2011:

This is one of the funniest hubs I've read in a long time. LMAO! I'm going to share this with my friends on FB, and they are going to feel soooo uncomfortable. He-he. Thanks for the good advice: "Stop taking yourself (and Life) so seriously."

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on June 09, 2011:

Hahaa!! I know what you mean about misinterpretation of facial expressions, Wesman Todd Shaw!! Though people typically think I'm feeling disdainful instead of pissed. And MAN!! There really are few things so uncomfortable as being met with silence after telling a joke- or anything!

Oh Farmer Ted, you MUST try the elevator thing once. I do it all the time- it's so fun!

And thanks for stopping by, DRG Da Real Grinc :D

Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on June 09, 2011:

Amusing, original and entertaining. I love the concept behind your Hub.

Farmer Ted from US on June 05, 2011:

My dad used to date a woman who would, to upset people, enter a crowded elevator and refuse to turn around towards the door. Never had the courage to try it myself.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on May 23, 2011:

This is so awesome :=D

Oh My! My scary face. . . .trumps the pictured one without me even trying to make a scary face. I know this. . . .because I'm old, and forever people are thinking I'm pissed about something while I'm actually wondering how many beers are left in my fridge.. . . .

I'm not a big guy. I'm about a buck fifty with my boots on. . . .but I once knocked about a hundred bucks off the price of a new set of tires for a lady friend at Walmart, the tires were already on the car, but the first price was not what we'd been lead to think it would be - the scary face. . . .guess security was at lunch that day.

It is disturbing to me when someone exclaims, "YOU DON"T SCARE ME!"

Generally, I was only then thinking about bumming a smoke. Einstein was given more brains than anyone else. I was given a heaping helping of the scary face.

Of course I also get told rather often that I look too much like this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_LaVey

But of course I'm far better looking. . . .Mom said so!

What makes me uncomfortable????? When I crack jokes (they never stop). . . and they are greeted with silence.

celeb on May 23, 2011:

This hub is so funny I sure can relate to the many faces mentioned, I guess my most uncomfortable moment is when I am walking around the parking lot lost and unable to find my car, because I forgot where I parked it.

I don't know if this has happened to anyone before but it is so weird its like I have a brief moment of amnesia.

But that is not the worst part, so once I actually find my car I try to use my key and the car does not open, frustrated I look through the window to find that I do not own any hello kitty seat covers.

and as I walk away the person who owns the car gives me the stone scary face and long stare.

now I can understand that they must have thought I was trying to steal their car but geez, they just happened to have a car that looked like mine.

It helps when the parking lot attendant reminds me that I can use the car beeper thingy on my keychain to see which car back lights start flashing...so I can finally get out of the twilight zone and back to my less amusing life.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 23, 2011:

Thanks drbj! Oh my gosh... nobody has pulled the hand-sanitizer-handshake on me before, though I have seen folks slosh some on after a handshake session. That must feel so gross! Though... you're also given something cleansing to rub on your hands after, hahaa!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 19, 2011:

Good points, Simone, you appear to be expert in the skill of uncomfortableness. What really freaks me out is when you shake hands with a new acquaintance and realize you have just inherited all the sanitizing lotion he or she had just smeared all over his hands. Ugh!

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 19, 2011:

Thank you spotlight19, and I assure you, it is!

Hahaa- yeah, those are my two favorites, too, FaithDream. I love my scary face. I think everyone has one; it's so much fun to discover it!

So you're a natural, Cagsil- nice! That takes real skill. Use your power for good!!

Oh my gosh, Stephanie Henkel. Mother version of Stone and Scary Faces are like... the ULTIMATE in making others uncomfortable. Heck, some can practically be classified as weapons!! And oh man, I HATE it when people block my exits! Thank god for karate chops ;) You make a good point about staring and prolonged eye contact, though. That's one of my favorite tactics to use, hahaa.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on May 18, 2011:

Hi Simone, The Stone Face and the Scary Face worked so well on my kids—some things just come naturally to mothers. :)

What makes me uncomfortable is when people stand in a doorway of a small room blocking my exit. It's probably much like the discomfort I feel if strangers or casual acquaintances stand too close. It also creeps me out if people make eye contact for too long. I'm not sure what too long is, but I know it when it's there. Love your hub, as usual!

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on May 18, 2011:

Hey Simone, I figured out that this is something I do naturally. It's odd, but I always make people uncomfortable when they meet me. It doesn't go away, but does change from time to time. Thumbs up for your article! :)

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on May 18, 2011:

Love it. Great article! Especially scary face and lotion on hands photos. Thanks for sharing this one.

Jennifer Pena from California on May 18, 2011:

Funny and interesting article it does like a pleasure making people uncomfortable.

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 18, 2011:

Me too, Ancillotti! And I only think I thought of all these things because so many things have the potential to make me uncomfortable... and I tend to notice when I make people uncomfortable too!

So glad you'll be taking some of these things for a spin, Jeannieinabottle! I sure have fun with a lot of these tactics. And you're so right on about bad singing- though that guy in the grocery store sounds particularly creepy!! O_O

Hahaa, I had the same reaction when I heard about that tactic, Alastar Packer! And I laughed even harder because people have totally pulled that on me before, though I don't know if it was intentional. Oh man, it's the creepiest thing ever.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on May 17, 2011:

After reading this I did a double take and re-read. Put lotion on your hands before shaking...the imagined reactions have started the belly heaves. No praise, no freak...how about a gentle....Marvelous Simone!

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on May 17, 2011:

These are some great ideas. I will be torturing co-workers and neighbors in no time! Great hub!

I personally find bad singing uncomfortable. I was in the grocery store recently and there was man walking up and down singing a little song everywhere he went. He wasn't humming; he was really singing. Unfortunately, I ended up in the same aisle with him several times. The song never changed and the singing never improved. Music was playing on the intercom, but he paid no attention to that. The man was in his own world. Creepy!

Ancillotti from Brasil, Vitoria - ES on May 17, 2011:

I feel really uncomfortable when people invade my space, getting too close to me.

You seem to be a professional make people uncomfortable, Simone, I would never think of things as diverse as well ...

Anyway got my vote up and funny. Made me laugh.


Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 17, 2011:

Hey, you never know when this stuff might come in handy!

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on May 17, 2011:

Scared! But funny and...useful. ;)

Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 17, 2011:


Ren Chin on May 17, 2011:

This Hub makes me feel uncomfortable!

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