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How to tell if a guy likes you?

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Mari Lyles

CEO of Renewing Relationships

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Women think a lot of men are indecipherable. Find out how to tell if a guy likes you.
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Women tend to think a lot of men are indecipherable.  How can you tell whether he likes you or not, since most guys are pretty slow about telling you they think you’re special? No, don’t go to those magazines and take those silly "How To Tell If A Guy Likes You" quizzes.  Instead, let’s think it through here.

There are typically two types of guys who portray their affection in vastly different ways (although it can overlap from time to time).  For instance:

Confident Guys

Confident guys are the ones who manage to be around you (seemingly always) and make sure you notice it.  Although they might not ask you for a date right away, or even speak to you, they’re usually checking you out to see if they’ve captured your attention in some way.

Confident guys also love helping you.  Need advice on anything technological, automotive, or guy-oriented?  They’re right there not only helping you but giving you all the advice you’ll need, and then some.  This is their way of letting you know how useful they are. These guys are “tilling the soil” — working their way up to the point where they ask you out.

On the other hand, if you’re already dating him and he’s helping you, know that his interest is genuine.  Men love playing Superman with women they’re interested in, and who appreciate it,  because they wish to be respected and admired.  If he offers even a smidgen of help, know that there is definitely some interest there.

And, if you’re dating and he keeps touching you or putting his arm around you, he’s hooked -- NOT line and sinker…but hooked.

Confident guys tend to make as much eye contact as they can.  They love watching your face, the way you smile, and the way your eyes twinkle.  And while they watch you, their eyes light up, full of warmth.  You get it.

Less Confident Guys

Those less confident fellas always manage to be around you as well.  But unlike their more confident peers, these guys can generally be found on the periphery of your presence, studying you instead of drawing attention to himself.  Nor will he go out of his way to be noticed, but he will lurk quietly around in order to catch a glimpse of his lady love.  And while he generally won’t make a lot of eye contact with you, he will still love watching you.

You can find out how to tell if a guy likes you in this case with one huge give-away: his nervousness when around you.  You know how nervous you get when you’re around someone you’re interested in?  Mouth goes dry – your palms sweat?  Well, guys aren’t immune.  Some men become so unnerved, they will literally go in the opposite direction, stammer and stutter when they speak with you, or look away from you, never making eye contact.  When they’re caught watching you, they very often have that “deer in the headlights” look and scamper away like Bambi.  Oh, my God!  She noticed me!

Either Guy

Another sign of either guy’s interest is the fact that his friends will know about you and begin looking at you as well.  They’ll unconsciously watch you, look back at him and turn to watch you again.  If you notice their behavior, they’ll either look away very quickly or smile at you, while their friend looks somewhat embarrassed.

How either guy treats you around others is key.  There is no confident guy nor less confident guy scenario here.  Both will treat you like the Princess you are.  If you’re dating, your fella will make certain others respect you as much as he does and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and secure.

If you are trying to find out how to tell if a guy likes you, look for these clues. If you’ve noticed these signs in a guy you’re interested in and are tired of waiting for him to make a move, make the first move yourself.  Begin a conversation on the weather, sports, market rates…whatever, just to get the ball rolling.  Remember, confident or not, most guys love when a girl they’re interested in openly shows her interest as well.

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