How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.
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Just because you're willing to go to extremes to not interact with someone doesn't mean you don't want it to seem natural.

If you're caught trying to avoid someone, it can cause conflict and hurt feelings. But what if you could make it appear effortless? No harm, no foul, right? Whatever your reason, here are some tips for avoiding people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

1. Wear headphones.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

You're listening to a podcast right now, so obviously you can't hear whoever-it-is that's looking at you.

2. Laugh.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

At what? Doesn't matter. Just do it. Laughter is a dominating force. Maybe you just heard a joke or maybe you're suddenly on a phone call with someone hilarious (helpful to already have headphones on, see #1).

3. Pretend you have a pebble in your shoe.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

You have to focus your attention on that pesky pebble near your foot, rather than that person's face...who is definitely looking at your face.

4. Make new friends.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.
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Talk to a stranger. Tell them you love their earrings, ask them about their dreams, whatever. This conversation is your life now.

5. Put on a hat.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

A big one.

6. Get lost in a good street sign.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

Oops, looks like you were about to make a head-on collision with the person you're avoiding. Take note of a random sign and set off in the complete opposite direction.

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7. Act like you forgot to wear your glasses.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

You can't really see anyone's face right now, because you don't have your glasses on. That's why you're squinting (note: work on squinting).

8. Stuff your face.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.

Preferably with something gross and messy. Everyone is less approachable when they're eating a smelly meatball on the subway.

9. Give 'em a high five.

How to successfully avoid people without making it seem like you're avoiding them.
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If face-to-face confrontation is inevitable, create a surprising diversion with a super weird, disarming, good-old-fashioned high-five. Let their pause of confusion be your moment to get away ASAP.

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