It's not easy to put yourself out there. When we tell someone how we feel about them, we leave ourselves open to being turned down, which is one of the worst things that can happen. Because of this, when we're interested in someone, we often try to avoid being direct, even if we don't realise we're doing it.
According to therapists and other relationship experts, body language can easily give you away when you're talking to a person that you're interested in. Read on to find out the five most common signs that indicate attraction.
When you talk to someone who just sees you as a friend, they will usually just look at you straight in the eyes. "But if you like the person, you want to see them look at your whole face. "So I'm looking at your eyes, lips, and hair, then going back to your eyes, lips, and hair."
At the same time, you can also tell if someone is interested in you by how they react when you try to get closer to them. A relationship expert and author at Tiny Changes Matter says, "When someone lets you get close to their intimate zone, it's almost a sure thing that they like you." "It's a good sign if they let you get close to their face or if they lean in close to your private parts."
People fake a smile for many different reasons, like to be polite or because they feel awkward. Best Life says that smiling is also one of the most common ways to show attraction through body language. And most of the time, it's easy to tell if a smile is real or not. Body language is a very basic way to talk, so it can be hard to fake.
It could be as simple as a quick touch on the shoulder or a brush of the leg. But even a casual attempt to touch you is probably a sign that someone likes you. Oxytocin, also called the "love hormone," is made when you touch someone psychically. When this is let out, it can make us "feel closer and more connected" to someone.
"These signs indicate attraction because there's a lot of rush in their hormones, so they tend to act on it," he says, explaining that this can sometimes cause nervous body language and awkward actions.