If someone likes you but is hiding it, it may be because they are afraid of rejection or don’t want to appear too eager.
This can be frustrating, but try to remember that everyone deals with insecurity and fear in different ways.
Some people might openly express their interest from the start, while others (read: guys) take a more subdued approach.
So, how can you know if a guy has romantic feelings for you, but is hiding it? (well, trying to hide it, and even though everyone can tell, well, everyone except you!)
In this article, I’ve listed the most obvious signs he likes you but is hiding it.
When you have finished reading it, you should be able to have the assurance that he definitely likes you and isn’t just being “friendly.”
Obvious Signs He Likes You But Is Hiding It
1. He engages in eye contact
If a guy is into you, he’ll make eye contact with you.
It seems like a basic thing – you want to look at the person you’re talking to, right? But when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of attraction, there’s nothing more telling than how long and how often two people exchange gazes.
According to research, the amount of time spent looking at one another during conversation serves as an indicator of interest levels.
When he looks at you, either from across the room or from across his desk at work (if we’re talking about outside-of-work scenarios), this tells your brain that he likes what he sees.
He finds himself attracted by something about your face (or body). There are other ways that men signal their attraction to women – such as smiling or laughing – but eye contact is truly special because it can be so intense and intimate.
2. He doesn’t use his phone around you
If he’s looking at you, and not on his phone, it means that he’s enjoying your company and wants to be around you. This can also be a sign that he’s interested in what you have to say.
He may not feel the need to constantly check his phone around you because he’s interested enough in what you have to say that he doesn’t want to miss any of it.
If he does glance at his phone, there could be many reasons for this; maybe something important came up or someone texted him unexpectedly.
Either way, don’t take it personally. Just enjoy the fact that your time together was so great that even though there were other things going on in his life at the moment, they weren’t more important than spending time with you!
3. He laughs at your jokes
If he’s laughing at your jokes, it could be because he likes you. Pay attention to his body language while you’re talking – if he isn’t laughing, there may be a deeper issue at play here.
Jokes are often used as icebreakers. If a person is trying to make a good impression on someone they like and wants to get close to them, it would make sense that they would try harder than usual to laugh at their jokes or use humor in general.
4. He makes excuses to be around you
If you’re a regular at his favorite coffee shop, and he shows up there every time you do, then he’s into you.
If he has an excuse to come over to your house – such as helping out with your garden or fixing the garage door – and then doesn’t leave after doing what he set out to do, that means he wants more interaction with you.
This can also apply if he comes by your workplace and doesn’t actually have any work-related reason for being there.
5. He asks your friends about you
If he seems to know more about you than most people do, then it’s a good bet that he’s asked your friends about you.
He might even have asked them how to get closer to you, such as by asking for advice on what to bring over when he comes over.
After all, your friends know everything about you, including your likes and dislikes. So what better way to get closer to your heart than through your best friends?
6. He remembers everything you say
If your guy is truly interested in you, he will take the time to listen to what you have to say and ask questions about it later. He wants to learn more about you because he finds that interesting and engaging.
If he doesn’t remember anything about your personality or interests, then there’s a chance that he hasn’t really been listening.
Or if he has been listening, then he didn’t find those things interesting enough for him to remember them later on!
7. He notices the little details
Lots of people notice little details, but most don’t mention them. If he brings up the fact that you’re wearing a new perfume or likes the color of your shirt, it’s a good sign that he is interested in you.
It means he’s paying attention to what you say and how you look when saying it. He may even start asking questions about yourself based on these observations like “I noticed you bought a new top, where did you get it?”
This shows that he respects your opinions and understands how important they are to forming his own opinion about who you are as a person. Most importantly, it shows his attentiveness toward you.
8. His body language shifts around you
If you notice your guy’s body language shifting around you, it could be because he likes you. The way he holds himself changes when he is around a girl he finds attractive.
He might try to seem taller and more confident, taking up more space in the room. And if that doesn’t work, his nervous energy might get him talking or fidgeting more than usual!
He may also appear to be more animated than normal – whether that’s because of an excited tone in his voice or because of over-the-top gestures with his hands when he’s explaining something to you.
9. He makes an effort to get to know you
When he seems genuinely interested in your life, it’s a good sign that he likes you. He asks questions and listens intently while you talk about what’s going on in your life, rather than just pretending he cares.
He remembers things that you tell him and brings them up later on, or even uses them as conversation starters.
If he doesn’t seem genuinely interested in getting to know the real you (and not just what his imagination can come up with), then take this as a red flag.
If he takes an interest in your interests or hobbies and tries tagging along with them even when they aren’t that interesting to him – or if he expresses interest in learning more about something specific – then consider this another strong indicator of attraction.
10. He dresses up nicely when around you
If he dresses up nicely when around you, it’s a good sign that he likes you. He wants to make a good impression and show you that he cares about what you think of him.
This means that he will likely take the time to dress up in the morning before going out because he knows that this is how they’ll see each other later on.
For example, if he typically wears gym shorts and t-shirts but puts on slacks, dress shoes, and nice button-down shirts when he knows you’re going to be around – then this is probably because he wants you to notice how great looking he can look if motivated enough by love!
11. He accidentally touches you
You can tell if it’s an accident or on purpose by looking at his face and body language.
If he looks away quickly after touching you, or if he doesn’t make eye contact with you while touching you, it’s probably just a friendly gesture.
But if he smiles and holds eye contact with you while doing the touchy-feely thing, then there’s a good chance that he likes you!
12. He makes you laugh
When a guy makes you laugh, it’s because he likes you.
The way to a man’s heart is through his funny bone. If he wants to impress you and make you feel comfortable, he’ll try to make sense of the world in the same way that you do – with humor.
However, if a guy is making fun of your jokes or just not laughing at all, then he’s not interested in being around you!
13. He gets jealous of other guys
It’s normal for a guy to get jealous when there are other guys around you who he doesn’t know or trust.
Men are competitive by nature and want to be the best at everything in their lives – even if it’s only proving themselves worthy enough for your heart.
Jealousy is also a sign that he doesn’t like sharing what is his (you).
He might seem possessive because he feels threatened by the thought of losing you or being replaced by another man, but don’t let it go too far!
As cute as jealousy may seem sometimes, keep in mind that it could turn into something more dangerous if not handled properly.
14. He stares at you longer
A man who is falling for you will likely stare at you more often than usual. He doesn’t want to miss a single moment of your presence and would love to just stare at you all day if he could.
If you catch him staring at you more often than usual, his eyes might be telling you that he’s falling for you. If he smiles when he gets caught, it’s even better!
You know what they say – the eyes are the window to the soul.
15. He is caring and gentle around you
If your crush is really into you, he will be caring and gentle around you. He will be open with his feelings and honest with you.
If your crush has been acting differently around you lately – perhaps even more respectful or protective – you may have reason to believe that he’s trying to hint at how he feels about you.
His sweet gestures may not be obvious at first glance. However, if they are consistent over time, then there’s no doubt that this man has romantic feelings for you.
Conclusion – Signs He Likes You But He Is Trying To Hide It
The key to figuring out if a guy likes you is to look for certain signs – not just in what he says but also in what he does.
By doing this, you can tap into his subconscious and make sure that he’s really feeling it before moving forward.
What do you think are the most crystal can’t-miss clear signs he likes you but is hiding it? Let me know in the comments below.