If you have noticed that a certain guy tends to compliment you a lot then you’re probably wondering why he does it.

This post will show you a number of reasons why he might compliment you a lot and help you to understand why other guys might do it in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy compliments you a lot? It could mean that he likes you especially if he only does it to you and if he shows other signs around you. He might also want to get something from you, consider you a friend and do it naturally or want to be a part of your group.

Since there are a number of reasons why a guy will compliment you a lot it is important to consider the context of how he does it and the body language that he shows when he is around you.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better idea of the exact reason that he compliments you a lot.

Reasons why a guy will compliment you a lot

Each of the different reasons why a guy will compliment you a lot will likely come with a number of clues in his body language.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy will compliment you a lot and the body language signals to expect to see with them.

He’s attracted to you

If he only compliments you and he changes his body language when he first notices you then it would be likely that he compliments you a lot because he is attracted to you.

If he is attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show signs of being attracted to you in his body language by doing things such as:

  • Sitting or standing more upright when he first notices you
  • Raising his eyebrows and smiling when first noticing you
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Having dilated pupils when he is with you
  • Finding excuses to touch you
  • Readjusting his hair, shirt, tie or other clothing items when he notices you
  • Standing close to you when talking to you
  • Asking you more questions that other people in the group
  • Keeping his attention on you when you’re both in a group
  • Staring at you then quickly looking away or smiling when you notice
  • Pointing his feet at you
  • Positioning himself to be near you
  • Showing signs of nervousness such as rubbing behaviors, fidgeting or tapping the fingers and feet when around you
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Making plans based on your schedule
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Getting anxious when you’re with other men and sticking around when you are
  • Getting defensive when other men are around

He wants to get something from you

Sometimes when a guy wants to get another person to give him something or to do something for him the guy will often compliment that person.

The reason that he would do that is that it is designed to get the other person to feel like they owe the guy something.

The reason that the guy might be complimenting you a lot could be that he wants to get you to do something for him or to give him something.

If it is why he compliments you a lot then it would likely come across as being quite forced and non-genuine.

It would be likely that he would do other things such as show non-genuine smiles where he doesn’t crease beside the eyes, ask you a lot of questions, ask you to do things, he only talks to you when he needs something, he gets annoyed when you don’t do what he wants.

He wants to be friends with you

The reason that he compliments you a lot could just be that he is trying to be friends with you.

If that is the case then it would be likely that he would complement his other friends a lot as well.

It could also be the case that he is attracted to you. If he is then it would be likely that he would show a number of the signs of attraction mentioned above.

He wants to be a part of your group

The reason that he compliments you a lot could be that he is trying to get you and the rest of the people that you hang out with to be more accepting of him.

If that is the case then it would be likely that he would show other signs of nervousness when he is around you and the rest of the group by doing things such as:

  • Rubbing the face, arms, legs or neck
  • Talking at a higher pitch
  • Mirroring their body language
  • Fidgeting
  • Tapping the fingers and feet
  • Struggling to hold eye contact

The reason that he might show signs of nervousness is that if he is trying to get accepted by the group then, if he compliments you a lot, he’s probably unsure of how you’ll react and anxious to get a good response.

Consider how often he compliments you

Considering how often he compliments you would likely help you to figure out why he does it.

If he does it occasionally then it could just be that he compliments people slightly more than normal. If that is the case then it would be likely that he would interact with you in the same way that he interacts with other people.

Whereas, if he compliments you regularly then it would be more likely that he does it due to being attracted to you, trying to get something from you or since he is trying to fit in with you and your group.

Consider when and where he compliments you

The timing and location of when he compliments you would also likely give you some clues as to why he does it.

If he does it when you’re both alone together then it would make it more likely that he does it because he is attracted to you or because he wants something from you. If he tends to only talk to you when he needs things from you then it would make the latter more likely.

Whereas, he tends to do it when you’re with you’re friends it would be more likely that he is trying to fit in with you and your friends however it could still be that he is attracted to you or that he does it for both reasons. You should consider the body language that he shows around you to figure out which.

Compare to how he interacts with other people

When trying to figure out why he compliments you a lot it would be helpful to think about how he interacts with other people.

If he tends to compliment other people a lot and he doesn’t change his body language when he is with you compared to when he is with other people then it would be likely that he naturally compliments people a lot. It might also be that he does it in order to get accepted by the group so it would be helpful to be aware of how he interacts with people outside of your own friendship group.

Whereas, if he doesn’t compliment other people a lot and he does change his body language around you it would be more likely that he is either attracted to you or wanting to get something from you.

Consider how he reacts when he first sees you

The way that he reacts upon seeing you will likely give you a number of clues about the way that he feels about you.

If you notice that, when he first sees you, he raises his eyebrows and smiles, faces his feet at you, uncrosses his arms and legs, increases how dilated his pupils are, sits or stands with a straighter posture and positions himself to be nearer you it would be likely that he’s attracted to you.

However, it could also be that he was hoping to see you because he wanted something from you so you should consider if he always reacts that way or just some of the time.

Related

What does it mean when a guy compliments your looks? If a guy compliments you on your looks it would be likely that he is attracted to you and you should expect to see signs of attraction in his body language. It could also be that he wants to get something from you.

What does it mean when a guy compliments your clothes? If a guy compliments you on your clothes then it could just be that he likes how they look in which case he would show similar body language with you as he does with others. It might also be that he is attracted to you or that he is trying to make you feel like you owe him something.

What does it mean when a guy compliments your hair? If a guy compliments your hair he could just like the way it looks in which case he wouldn’t do it often and he’d show similar body language around you as he does with other people. He might also be attracted to you or want something from you in which case he would likely compliment you more often.

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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