If a guy knows that you like him then you’re probably wondering what the way he acts around you in response might mean.

This post will show you the possible ways that a guy will act around you when he knows that you like him.

So, how will a guy act if he knows that you like him? It could cause him to show signs of attraction in his body language around you, he might ask you out, he might act more distant, he might get nervous around you or he might even act the same.

Since there are a number of different ways that a guy will act around you if he knows that you like him and because they can have different meanings it’s important to consider the body language and behavior that he shows around you.

By considering the body language and behavior that he shows around you it will be easier for you to figure out whether or not he likes you as well and what his reactions might mean.

Ways that a guy will act around you if he knows that you like him

Below, I will mention the possible ways that a guy will act around you if he knows that you like him and the reasons why he’ll act that way.

He’ll show attraction

If he is attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show it in his body language and behavior when he is around you.

If he knows that you like him then it would be likely that these signs would become more pronounced.

If he is attracted to you then you should expect to see a number of signs of attraction which can include:

  • Having more dilated pupils than normal when talking to you
  • Always pointing his feet in your direction (because people point their feet towards the thing that they are most interested in)
  • Pointing his toes upwards and raising his eyebrows when he sees you
  • Changing his posture to a more upright position when he first notices you
  • Making adjustments to his clothing or hair when he first notices you
  • Mirroring your body language (for example, he might stand with the same stance as you)
  • Touching you back when you touch him
  • Standing closer to you when you stand closer to him or at least not stepping away
  • Changing his behavior when he is around you
  • He might show signs of nervousness around you (more on that below)
  • Showing signs of anxiousness when you’re with other men
  • Getting defensive when other men are around
  • Touching you more than other people in the group
  • Asking you more questions than other people in the group
  • Standing close to you when talking to you
  • Positioning himself to be near you when you’re in the same room or area as each other
  • Looking at your lips when talking to you
  • Making plans based on your schedule
  • Glancing in your direction then smiling or quickly looking away when you notice
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you when talking to you
  • Speaking with a deeper voice when talking to you
  • Touching your feet with his feet
  • Looking to see if you’re also laughing when he is

He’ll ask you out

If he is also attracted to you and he knows that you’re attracted to him then it would be more likely that he would ask you out in some way.

With that being said, if he doesn’t ask you out and he knows that you like him then it doesn’t necessarily mean that he doesn’t like you as well. It might be the case that he is too nervous to ask you out, he has been too busy, he might not be looking for a relationship, he might have a girlfriend or he might be planning to do it at some point in the future.

If he doesn’t ask you out and he does like you then you should still expect to see positive signals from him in his body language and you should expect to see a number of the signs of attraction mentioned above.

He’ll be more distant

If he knows that you like him and he is not attracted to you then one possible response is that he will try to distance himself from you.

If that is the case then it would be likely that he would do things such as:

  • Crossing the arms and/or legs when he first notices you
  • Positioning himself to be further away from you
  • Pointing his feet away from you
  • Not talking to you much or not continuing the conversation when you try to talk to him
  • Showing tight lips when you’re talking
  • Looking towards the exit when around you
  • Avoiding eye contact with you
  • Avoiding seeing you when he normally would

He might act nervous

If he knows that you like him then one possible response will be that he’ll show signs of nervousness around you.

One reason that he will show signs of nervousness around you is that he actually is not attracted to you. The reason that he acts nervous here is that he doesn’t want to upset you or to cause a scene by showing that he isn’t attracted to you.

If it is the case that he acts nervously around you because he isn’t attracted to you then he would likely show signs of nervousness around you and he would also show signs of distancing himself as mentioned above.

However, the reason that he might act nervous around you could be that he is attracted to you and he doesn’t want to make himself look bad in front of you.

If that is the case then it would be likely that he would show signs of nervousness around you and signs of attraction around you as mentioned in the first section above.

If he does get nervous around you for either of the two reasons then some signs of nervousness that he might show would be:

  • Rubbing the face, arms, legs, neck or eyes when around you
  • Tapping the fingers and feet
  • Struggling to hold eye contact
  • Speaking at a different pitch
  • Touching the front of the neck
  • Scratching the back of the neck

He’ll act the same

One possible way that he will act around you is that he will act the same and pretend that he doesn’t know.

In this case, he would likely act the exact same way around you as he did before he found out that you like him.

If this is the way that he acts then it would suggest that he likes you as a friend but not that he is attracted to you unless he shows multiple signs of attraction.

Consider how he interacts with other people

When trying to figure out whether or not he also likes you when he finds out that you like him it would be helpful to consider the way that he acts around other people.

If you notice that he tends to show different body language signals around you than he does when he is with other people then it would be likely that he either likes you as well or he doesn’t. You would need to consider whether or not he shows positive or negative signals around you to figure out which.

Whereas, if he shows the same body language and behavior around you as he does with other people then it would make it more likely that he likes you as a friend but not that he’s attracted to you.

Think about what he does when he first sees you

The way that he acts in the first few moments that he sees you will likely give you a number of clues about the way that he feels about you.

If you notice that he uncrosses his legs and arms, sits or stands more upright, raises his eyebrows at you and smiles, adjusts his hair and clothing, that he points his feet at you or that he repositions himself to be near you then it would be more likely that he’s attracted to you.

Whereas, if he points his feet away from you, crosses his arms and legs, doesn’t smile genuinely, distances himself from you and he shows tight lips it would be more likely that he isn’t attracted to you.

Look for multiple body language signals

When you’re trying to understand what his feelings to you are it would be helpful to look for multiple body language signals that can all have the same meaning.

The reason for this is that he might show a single body language signal for multiple different reasons. This makes it difficult to draw conclusions on the reason that he might be showing the signal.

Whereas, If he shows multiple body language signals that all suggest the same meaning then it would be a lot more likely that he is actually showing those body language signals for that reason.

With that being the case, if you want to figure out whether or not he likes you, make sure to look for multiple body language signals that suggest that he is attracted to you (or not).

Related

How will a shy guy act if he knows that you like him? If he is also attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction and nervousness in his body language but he might not ask you out due to nervousness. If he doesn’t find you attractive it would be likely that he would show signs of trying to distance himself from you as well as showing some signs of nervousness when around you.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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