I've been reading the threads about room set-up and the manipulation of language in LGATS, and how all of this affects the nervous system.
Here's another of their "tricks." I experienced "the staredown" on two occasions at L.E., so it's maybe used more sparingly than their other tools, but I think that it is worth mentioning.
I was recruited at a home introduction, at the house of a friend. When I showed up at that introduction, the door was answered, not by my friend, but by a woman I had never seen before. She instantly fixed a Lugosi-like stare on me, and would not break eye contact.
This was not eye contact that was held just a few seconds too long, but went on and on. They are very much aware of how unnatural and uncomfortable this is, and it is very deliberate. A guy friend went to this introduction with me, and even mentioned to this woman how uncomfortable the staring made him. She acknowledged his discomfort, but continued to do it. She did say that she had learned to do this in her training.
I don't know exactly the context in which LGATS train their people to do this, but it is my understanding that this is a strategy of dominance and intimidation, (I have even seen this work on dogs, who avert and lower their eyes and ears in submission. Don't try it with a strange dog).
If I had things to do over again, I would have left right then and there.
It does have an effect.
The psychopathic stare is a well-known phenomenon. It seems to me that LGATS may use it with a similar motive, but I don't know what they are telling people about it.
Here are some links with info about staring in social interactions, and the effect it has: