It can be tough to figure out what a man is thinking, especially when it comes to relationships. You might be tempted to just ask him outright, but there are other ways to get the information you need. In this article, we’ll explore seven ways to read a man’s intentions without ever having to ask him directly.
Watch His Body Language
It can be hard to figure out why a guy isn’t into you, but his body language is a good place to start. If he’s turned away from you or crosses his arms in front of him, it may mean that he’s not interested. On the other hand, if he smiles, looks you in the eyes, and leans toward you, it might mean that he is interested.
Moreover, if he stands very close to you, it could indicate that he likes you. Of course, just standing really close isn’t enough to know his intentions for sure – maybe he’s just a touchy kind of guy – but leaning in toward you is another sign that he might be interested in more than friendship with you.
Notice The Details He Focuses On
When a guy likes you, he usually focuses on details about your appearance or behavior that he finds attractive. For example, if a guy compliments your hair or tells you that you have great taste in movies, he probably likes you.
If a guy doesn’t compliment or seem to notice any details about your appearance, it could mean that he isn’t interested. Of course, just because he’s not bringing up certain things doesn’t mean that they aren’t there – maybe he thinks the mole on your left cheek is adorable – but no mentioning those details is a good way to start figuring out his intentions.
Listen For An Accent In His Speech
When a guy likes you, he might subconsciously put an accent on certain words or phrases that he associates with you. This could be anything from the words he chooses to how he pronounces them. If he keeps saying “um” before certain words or stutters a bit when he says your name, it may mean that he likes you and is trying to find ways to express those feelings without coming out and saying “I like you.”
This might be a little hard to detect since again we’re dealing with subconscious signals – but if you keep an ear open for certain words or sounds men give, it could be a way to know what they want from the relationship. Just be careful – if you’re not attracted to the particular emphasis he puts on certain words, it could be a sign that he’s trying to communicate something that you don’t want.
Look At What He Does With His Hands
While conversations and body language can be hard to read, a guy’s use of hands is much more obvious. If he puts his hand on your back or rests it on your knee when you’re talking, it could mean that he likes you. On the other hand, if he has his hands buried in his pockets, he might be subconsciously hiding them to avoid any sign of affection.
Of course, just because a guy touches you doesn’t mean that he’s interested – some guys are touchy and would touch anyone they were comfortable with – but it could be an indicator of how he feels about you.
Pay Attention To How Close He Gets To You
When a guy likes you, he might subconsciously move closer to you throughout the conversation. If he keeps finding reasons to stand next to you or takes chairs that are right beside you when there are many other open ones around, it could be a sign that he finds you attractive.
On the other hand, if he hangs back from you or moves away from you when he’s talking, it could mean that he doesn’t find you as interesting as a conversation partner. If a guy is interested in you, he might subconsciously move closer to you throughout the conversation.
He’ll also have a tendency to match your body language rather than move away from it. If he moves toward you, matches your body language and then holds that position, it’s likely that he likes you and is trying to figure out whether or not you like him back.
Read Between The Lines
Try to look at the subtext of what he’s saying. If you find that most of his statements are followed by questions, or punctuated with “just kidding” or “no seriously,” it may mean that he is unsure of himself around you. Also, pay attention to whether his jokes are self-deprecating – if they are, it could suggest that he’s trying to put himself down so that you won’t reject him. If he comes off as insecure, it may mean that he doesn’t feel confident about how much you like him.
In this case, the best thing to do is give him regular signs of encouragement and reinforcement (without being obvious) to boost his confidence. This will help him become a more secure presence in your life and will help him feel comfortable with you.
He Stalls When You Try To Say Goodbye/He’s Overly Attached
When a guy likes you, he might not want to let go of the conversation or even just part of it – for fear that he may never see you again. He might also just be enjoying talking to you so much that he doesn’t want to let go of the chance. If he stalls when it looks like you’re getting ready to say goodbye and makes up excuses for staying in touch, it could mean that he’s interested in you and is trying to figure out a way to stay in touch.
If you’re trying to figure out whether or not a man likes you, there are certain things you can look for in order to get a better idea. By paying attention to his body language, the words he uses, and how close he gets to you, you’ll be able to start deciphering his intentions without having to ask him directly.
Just be careful – if you’re not interested in him, it could be easy to misinterpret these signals and end up leading him on. If you are interested in him, however, these signs will help guide your interactions with him so that both of you can have a more enjoyable experience.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.