Does it ever occur to you how to tell if a guy likes you but is hiding it?
Sometimes it’s hard to recognize those hard facts that are signs right under your nose.
Men are sometimes scared to make the first move.
Yes, it’s hard to believe, but there are men out there who are not willing to make the right first move and sweep you off your feet.
Though it’s hard to tell whether a guy likes you or is not interested in you, you need to accept the fact that men are hard to understand.
There are times when they send mixed signals, just to spice things up in their love life, but they are truly not interested in having a relationship with you.
Nevertheless, emotions are part of a human being, so first, I need to explain something:
- Men are sensible beings. They have the same powerful emotions as women do.
- Oftentimes, men don’t express their emotions as well as women. Or rather they are not so obvious or easy to notice.
Let’s keep in focus that even though men can share the same emotions as women, they don’t focus as much on their emotional state.
They don’t experience a flow of emotions every time they like a girl. It takes time for a man to recognize his own emotions.
Nevertheless, men should not be labeled as emotionally unavailable just because of those above-mentioned reasons.
Many times, a girl has mistreated a man, just because he didn’t notice his own emotions.
Now, let’s take it to the next level. Feeling emotions for someone is much more than telling them that you like them.
Words should be backed up by actions. What I mean by that is that the words a man says should be backed up by both non-verbal and physical signs.
It doesn’t mean that a man should show all of the signs below if he likes you.
It’s just a friendly reminder the next time you ask yourself whether or not he likes you.
Physical signs to tell if a guy likes you but is hiding it
Physical signs that he likes you but is hiding it includes a lot of gestures and movements.
He may touch you on your shoulder or knee, change the tone of his voice, and do other things.
Those are subtle signs that he likes you even though he wants to hide those feelings.
A physical sign that includes touching is sometimes hard to notice.
Whether or not women want to admit to themselves, when a man tries to touch a woman, she can see that as harassment.
Nevertheless, a guy who is actually shy or doesn’t know how to openly express his feelings will do certain things.
He will use an accidental touch on the shoulder, arm, or even a knee, as a subtle hint to tell a girl that he likes her.
If you are interested in a man with whom you are friends, the next time that the two of you get together, try to notice if his hand touches those parts of your body.
Of course, he may or may not do those things intentionally.
However, instead of telling you about his feelings, he may use this sign to indicate that he likes you.
2. Body language
One of the easiest ways to try and find out if a man has feelings for you is to observe his body language.
You may have heard of the phrase ‘the body never lies’.
You should pay attention the next time you see him whether his body is pointing toward you or somewhere else.
He will try to have a more masculine stance if he likes you, since men are prone to acting like alphas.
The way that a man positions his body is something that he does subconsciously.
He has no control over it, which is why it is so obvious to a woman, who possesses a keen eye when it comes to details.
One thing that a guy who likes you will do is try to mimic your body.
He will try to sit in the same way as you, so maybe he will cross his arms like you do or raise his eyebrows, and so on.
By doing that, he shifts his entire focus on to you. He wants to show you that you are his sole focus and nothing else matters.
Even if his body isn’t pointed toward you, then you should look at his feet, as they will probably be pointed toward you if he likes you.
One of the strongest physical signs that will definitely tell you if a guy likes you but is hiding it is the way he smiles.
No other feature attracts a woman more than a beautiful and genuine smile.
Women and men both pay a lot of attention to the way someone smiles.
It portrays a sense of security and fun, which are traits everyone is eager to find in a partner.
There are different types of smiles according to several scientific papers.
There is a closed smile, which gives off creepy vibes because women can recognize this and immediately know that you are lying about or hiding something.
When a man has a closed smile, he is not being genuine toward you.
It’s like when you cross your arms; you give the sense of being unavailable to other people, of being closed off.
Another type of smile that is quite frequent is a fake smile. Do you know that smile when a person barely opens their mouth?
You should definitely be alerted when you notice this type of smile, as that person is clearly hiding something or rather plotting something against you.
Back away and have a good and happy life without them.
So, how to tell with his smile if a guy likes you but is hiding it?
It’s actually easy. There are those types of smiles that give out positive vibes, such as a genuine smile while laughing.
When a man has this type of smile, he is being fearless and hopeful.
He’s hopeful in the sense that he will not back away from you, and that he definitely likes you.
You will feel comfortable around this type of man because he will have a great sense of humor and you will see the sparkle in his eye.
This type of smile will be an extension of his emotions that he is feeling toward you.
4. Physical closeness
What you put out is what you get back. Seems right?
So when a man likes you but is hiding it, he will try to do everything in his power to be physically close to you.
I’m not talking about emotional closeness, though I will get to that later.
His actions will be shaped by the idea of being close to you.
By doing so, he is trying to attract you.
He wants you to feel protected so he will walk slowly to match your pace, try to find the closest seat to you, and so on.
Those men who are a little braver will even stand so close to you that your bodies will touch, and those are the touches that I mentioned earlier.
What’s important to know is that the closeness that he wants to achieve is his choice.
He is not forced to do it because there is no room or for another reason. He wants to be physically close to you, so you can feel his warmth and affection.
5. Tone of voice
Another great sign of how to tell if a guy likes you but is hiding it is by noticing his tone of voice.
Normally men have lower-pitched voices, but if a guy likes you, his tone will change, and it will definitely be recognizable, mostly to you.
On the other hand, he will not be aware of that change, which is great for you.
It’s interesting how such a small change in a voice can mean a lot to a person but it’s that his voice will change to attract you in the simplest way possible.
Another thing that happens quite often is that when people are on a date and they like each other, they tend to sound the same.
I know it’s strange but it’s true. At one point in the conversation, you will be shocked to find out that you sound the same as the person you’re talking to.
6. Nervous laughter and blushing
This one, you have heard a thousand times and have definitely missed a couple of times.
Instead of accepting that they are shy, men will act goofy and have this nervous laugh that hides their true feelings.
Yes, I know it seems quite odd.
Nevertheless, it’s a natural body reaction when a man is put in quite an uncomfortable position, where he has to express his feelings but doesn’t know how to do so.
The second one happens quite often and that is sweating and blushing.
When they are put in an awful or troublesome position, men tend to sweat profoundly and their cheeks start to blush.
It’s like when you were a kid and your relatives complimented you all the time and you sat there blushing.
Let me tell you that feeling never stops as a man gets older.
7. Dress to impress
Hiding feelings from a woman is a hard thing to do and some may say it’s nearly impossible.
Guys are not like girls, who tend to wake up every day and sit in front of the closet thinking about what to wear.
Guys are rather simple beings when it comes to clothes.
If a guy looks out of the ordinary, if you notice he wears a little more cologne or a shirt that fits him perfectly every time that he sees you, believe me, he likes you but is hiding it.
He will put in the effort to look better than the rest of the guys you’re dating or meeting up with.
I know, sometimes it’s hard to notice this sign, but believe me, it is a dead giveaway.
His appearance will matter to him because of you, so maybe he will join the gym or change some of his grooming habits.
8. Eyes never lie
Have you heard of the phrase, “The eyes chico, they never lie,” from the movie ‘Scarface’?
This statement is actually true. The eyes never lie, they are the windows to our soul.
So, to answer the question of how to tell if a guy likes you but is hiding it, the answer is to notice his eyes. Notice how long eye contact lasts.
Is it a little longer than usual? Perhaps he is analyzing you from your head to your toes?
These are the questions you need to ask yourself if you are in doubt about whether he likes you or not.
His gaze may be longer than usual and he starts to flirt with his eyes. There are different types of glances, ranging from intentional to long to a never-ending gaze.
They depend on how long he maintains eye contact with you.
Nevertheless, every single one of these glances says one thing and that is that he likes you but is hiding it.
You need to work on it a little bit to tell if a guy likes you, but it’s not that hard.
Men tend to eventually give in under pressure, so don’t worry if you have second thoughts.
Now I will shift my focus and talk about those hard-to-notice non-verbal signs and how to tell if a guy likes you but is hiding it.
Non-verbal signs to tell if a guy likes you but is hiding it
1. He gives you attention and takes the initiative
As far as non-verbal signs go, the best way to notice if a guy likes you is with his attention. Sometimes, a person’s actions speak louder than words.
The difficult part seems to be that you should observe with your eyes. The heart has its limits and you should know that.
A guy who likes you but is hiding it will, through his actions, tell you more than with his physical signs.
Regularly texting you, calling you, and inviting you to all sorts of events is a great way to play the field, to see if the two of you can make it together.
The problem arises when a guy doesn’t give you attention.
If the person you seem interested in doesn’t give you any attention in a group of friends, then my dear, you should move on from him.
2. The way a guy communicates with you and his attitude toward you
The best way of how to tell if a guy likes you but is hiding it is through his communication and attitude, not just toward you, but toward the people you truly care about.
A guy who likes you will go to extreme lengths to make an impression on you.
His attitude will be positive, cheerful, and light-hearted.
Your opinion about him will matter and it should; if he likes you then he needs to put in some effort.
Your communication will be greatly different too. You need to keep an eye on how he flirts with you.
Guys love flirting, so it’s in their nature to tease a girl they like and add a little spice there.
However, you should be aware that there is no straight line when it comes to flirting.
Types of flirting can give different signals to a girl. From physical and playful to sincere and polite, you should be aware that each of them means a different thing.
- Playful – He may or may not be into you because he also just loves the act of flirting.
- Sincere – If he wants to find out more about you, he will ask some deeper questions and more personal ones while flirting. Doing this means he definitely likes you.
- Polite – You need to know if the person is more modest or cautious. It’s hard to notice this style but he will not make any sexual moves toward you if he flirts in this way.
3. Caring excessively about you
The next sign that will tell you if a guy likes you is caring about you in an excessive manner.
When he goes to great lengths to fulfill your every need and wish, then you should not worry. Instead, take it as a sign that he is into you.
Believe me when I say that a guy will not lift a finger for a girl if he has no emotions toward her.
A guy who excessively cares about you will contact you after your date has ended. He will ask your opinion on how it went or if you have arrived home safely, and suchlike.
He will also take care of you if you are sick, make you a hot beverage, and show up unannounced at your house.
Sometimes it is hard to recognize if a guy likes you using this sign because the person could end up just being nice.
However, if he remembers stuff that even your friends don’t remember, then he likes you.
4. Constantly updating you about his life
If every now and then you receive a message or a call from him, telling you about his life, then it’s a sure-fire sign that he likes you.
He wants to draw your attention to him and not the other guys around you.
By doing this, he is seeking your validation and acceptance. And I’m sure you’re not a rude girl, so you will give him feedback even if that is somewhat negative.
It’s hard to hide a person’s feelings and it’s also hard to balance between not being super annoying and being too nice.
Maybe he is just selfish and wants to update you about his life, however; you never know.
Love is hard enough and sometimes we are afraid of making the wrong decision.
5. He will be overly curious about you
A great way to know if someone likes you is to ask questions. We know that and that’s okay.
But what if a man is attracted to you, and I’m not just talking about physical attraction?
The answer, you see, is that it is complicated sometimes.
For him to express his feelings toward you, most of the time, he will try to find if you like him first. That’s when he will start to ask a lot of personal questions.
He will want to know about your hobbies, passions, future plans, where you want to live, etc.
Your lifestyle will be interesting to him. If he asks more questions than your average Joe, then he is, without a doubt, attracted to you.
What to do when he likes you but is hiding it?
The thing to keep in mind when a guy likes you but is hiding it is to watch his behavior.
If he really is showing signs he likes you, then go for it. If he has been showing some of the above-mentioned signs for quite a while now, then he is attracted to you.
The next step is to figure out what you are going to do about it. If you like him, then flirting may be the best way for you to reciprocate.
Flirting is a great way to play the field if you are afraid of being hurt. Maybe you misread some of the signs and end up being hurt.
Nobody wants that. Instead, the best way is to try a little bit of flirting and see where it goes.
Of course, the best-case scenario would be that you end up in a relationship with a guy who likes you too.
There will be times when a guy likes you, but you don’t like him.
It’s hard to hurt someone, but believe me, it’s better to tell the truth immediately. Don’t play with a guy and his emotions.
You can be that type of girl and do nothing and eventually he will figure it out or you could also distance yourself from him.
That is occasionally the best way to deal with a situation like this.
I hope that you enjoyed the article and that it will help you with your next love quest. Remember that these are just some of the signs that a guy likes you.
It is up to you to decide whether or not to pursue happiness with that particular person.
My final advice to you is not to wait for any of those big, flashy gestures and signs. Sometimes it’s best to let your emotions lead you to your happiness.