If you have recently noticed a guy stare into your eyes and not look away you’re probably wondering why he did it and what it might mean.
This post will help you figure out why a guy might stare into your eyes without looking away and to help you to make sense of it in real-time in the future.
So, what does it mean when a guy stares into your eyes and doesn’t look away? Possible causes of a guy staring into your eyes and not looking away are that he is attracted to you, being dominant, annoyed with you, mirroring your own body language or that he does it naturally.
Since there are actually a number of reasons why a guy will stare into your eyes and not look away it is important to consider the context of how he did it and the body language he showed.
By doing so you’ll be able to get a better idea of the reason that he stared into your eyes without looking away.
Reasons a guy stares into your eyes and doesn’t look away
Each of the different reasons why a guy will stare into your eyes without looking away will likely come with a number of clues in his body language.
Below, I will show you a number of reasons why a guy will stare into your eyes without looking away and the body language signals to look for with them.
He is attracted to you
If a guy stares into your eyes and doesn’t look away and he doesn’t do it with other women then it would be likely that he is attracted to you.
If he is attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show you a number of other signals of attraction in his body language and behavior.
These signals can include:
- Touching you more frequently than he does with other women
- Asking you more questions than the people around you
- Having dilated pupils when he is staring at you
- Standing close to you when he stares into your eyes
- Mirroring your body language
- Laughing and looking to see if you are also laughing
- Blinking more than usual
- Getting anxious when you’re around other men
- Pointing his feet at you even when you’re not directly in front of him
- Asking your friends about you
- Standing near you when in a group
- Showing signs of being nervous when with you
- Looking at your lips occasionally when talking to you
He was being dominant
Holding eye contact for longer than normal is something that people will often do when they are trying to be dominant.
It might be the case that he stared at your eyes without looking away because he was trying to show his authority.
If this is the case then it would be likely that he also squinted, tightened the lips and tensed the jaw slightly.
Other signs of dominant behavior can include:
- Touching the people around him
- Putting his hands and feet on things that aren’t his
- Taking up lots of space
- Standing and sitting with a stance that makes him appear larger
- Showing vulnerable areas (implies that he is not concerned about danger)
- Interrupting people
- Talking over people
It could be the case that he shows dominant behavior but he is also attracted to you. If that is the case then it would be likely that he would also show numerous signs of attraction.
He wants more than just a friendship
If he is your friend then holding eye contact with you for longer than usual would imply that he wants to be more than just friends with you.
If that is the case then it would be likely that he would get anxious when you’re around other men, get defensive when other men are around and that he would have dilated pupils when he is with you.
It would also be likely that he would show numerous other signals of attraction in his body language when he is around you but you haven’t picked up on them.
He was mad
The reason that he stared into your eyes without looking away could be that he was mad at you.
This would be more likely if you recently had some kind of argument with him or if something happened that might have made him get annoyed with you.
If he was mad it would be likely that he would show it in other ways as well which can include:
- Avoiding you
- Giving you short answers
- Pointing the feet away from you
- Tightening the eyebrows
- Tightening the lips
- Clenching the jaw
- Crossing the arms and legs
He was mirroring your own body language
If you both hang out with the same people then he might have actually been mirroring your own body language.
This is because guys (and girls) will mirror the people around them when they are trying to fit in with a specific group of people.
Mirroring can also be a sign of attraction. If he was doing it due to being attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show it in his body language.
If he was mirroring you then he would likely mirror you in multiple other ways as well which can include:
- Touching you back when you touch him
- Showing similar facial gestures to you
- Smiling in the same way that you do
- Talking at a similar pitch to you
- Standing in a similar way as you
He is developing feelings for you
When a man and a woman are falling in love they will begin to do something called “mutual gazing” which is where they stare into each other’s eyes without looking away for long periods.
If you have been dating him for a while and he has begun to hold eye contact with you for a lot longer than usual it would suggest that he is developing feelings for you.
Consider your relationship with him
If you have been dating him for a while and he has started to look into your eyes and he doesn’t look away for long time periods it would be likely that he wants more from the relationship.
If he has been your friend for a while then it would be likely that he secretly finds you to be attractive.
If it was a guy that you haven’t met before then it could be the case that he was doing it on purpose to try and make you find him more attractive, that he was attracted to you or that he had a dominating personality.
Think about what his normal body language and behavior looks like
If you notice that he tends to hold eye contact with other women for a long time and he doesn’t change his body language much when around you it would suggest that he naturally does it. It could be that he has a more dominant personality or that he is more on the flirtatious side. It would depend on the body language that he shows.
Whereas, if he only seems to do it with you and his body language changes when he notices you it then it would be more likely that he does it for one of the reasons mentioned above.
Draw conclusions from groups of body language
Since single body language signals can have multiple different meanings it would often be unreliable to draw a conclusion from a single body language signal.
This is why it would be more reliable to draw a conclusion from multiple body language signals that are all pointing towards the same meaning.
This means that if he stares into your eyes and doesn’t look away and he also shows multiple body language signals of domination it would make it more likely that he’s being dominant.
Whereas, if he shows multiple signs of attraction it would make it more likely that he’s attracted to 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.