Sure, we women are full of mysteries, (just ask Dorian), but knowing a thing or two about body language can really help you figure out some of those mysteries. Whether you’re meeting someone for the first time or are enjoying her company on a date, there are some subtle things she may or may not be doing that can tell you a lot about whether or not she likes you. As humans, we react in unconscious ways based on how we feel, and knowing a little bit about these cues and how to react accordingly can really help you out along the way.
#1 – A lingering glance
What it means: “I like what I see.”
Before you’ve even met someone you may be able to figure out how much they’re interested in you. If you catch eyes with someone and they give you a lingering look or don’t immediately turn away, chances are they like what they see. Don’t wait, now’s your chance to go say hi!
#2 – Hair fixing/outfit brushing
What it means: “I know you’re checking me out.”
Unconscious outfit or hair touching and fixing is another great sign that someone you’ve been checking out is aware and ready to reciprocate. These slight movements or subtle means of indicating self-consciousness often happen as someone is indicating they want to look their best for someone else who is potentially interested. Another good sign that you’re off to a great start.
#3 – Arm or shoulder touching
What it means: “I’m testing boundaries (and I’d like you to reciprocate).”
If you’ve made the move and have initiated conversation with someone, subtle touching is a huge cue for interest and attraction. The other person obviously feels comfortable around you and naturally feels compelled to touch you. Subtle touches to your arm or shoulder in a playful way are a means to break down physical boundaries, so take that as a great sign! Don’t let the moment pass either, basic reciprocation is definitely something she’s encouraging you to do so she knows you feel the same level of interest.
#4 – Shying away from you
What it means: “Sorry buddy, I’m just not that into you.”
On the opposite side of the spectrum, you want to be conscious of ways she may react that could indicate that she’s not really feeling it. Turning away or looking away as you initiate contact and interest could mean she’s not interested and doesn’t feel that level of comfort around you in order to reciprocate. It doesn’t mean she’s feeling negative, just that she isn’t romantically interested. If that happens, don’t worry, simply politely move on like the gentleman you are, there are plenty of other women out there.
#5 – Smiling with no teeth showing
What it means: “I’m bored and humoring you.”
Obviously big smiles mean good things, but sometimes it’s more about a person still feeling unsure but wanting to remain polite. If you’re getting smiles but they don’t seem to be of the obvious variety it probably means you’re on the right track but you’ve still got some work to do in terms of making her feel comfortable and interested. Change up the topic and see if she still keeps giving you this type of smile. If this goes on long enough, it’s not a good sign.
#6 – Arms folded and touching biceps
What it means: “I don’t want to talk you at all.”
Again, arms crossed is a pretty obvious sign things aren’t going well but if she’s got her hands touching her biceps she’s definitely feeling a lot of discomfort, displeasure, or is upset. Take this as a sign that it may be time to end the conversation or address what’s going on directly but sensitively. Who knows, maybe it was an inadvertent mistake on your part or there’s something going on that’s unrelated to you entirely. Be compassionate and upfront, you never really know what’s going on until you ask. Alternatively, if it’s obvious she’s not in a good place it may not be worth your time, and as we said before, there are plenty of other wonderful people out there.