If a girl recently gave you a nickname then you might be wondering why and what it means about the way that she feels about you.

In this post, I will show you why she might have called you a nickname and why other girls might do it as well in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl calls you a nickname? If she shows signs of attraction around you such as flicking her hair to the side then it would be a sign that she is attracted to you. It could also be that she does it with her other friends, that she is being mean or that she does it as a power-play.

Since there are a number of different reasons why a girl might call you a nickname it is important to consider the context of how she says it to you and the body language that she shows around you.

Why a girl will call you a nickname

Each of the different reasons why she might call you a nickname will likely come with a number of clues in the way that she does it and the body language that she shows around you.

Below, I will show you a number of reasons that a girl will call you a nickname and the clues to look for with them.

She is attracted to you

The reason that she called you a nickname could be that she is attracted to you.

This would be more likely if she only calls you a nickname and it is a nickname that is a nice one with positive connotations.

If she is attracted to you then it would be likely that she would show signs of attraction in her body language when she is around you.

These signs could include things such as:

  • Flicking her hair to the side when she sees you or when you are talking to her
  • Stroking her hair while she is talking to you
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you
  • Touching you a lot and touching you more than she touches other people
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Touching your feet with her feet
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are as well
  • Standing closer to you when talking to you than she does with other people
  • Asking you then most questions when you’re with other people
  • Keeping her focus on you when other people are talking
  • Mirroring your body language

She considers you a friend

The reason that she calls you a nickname could be that she considers you a friend.

If that is the case then it would be likely that she would also call her other friend’s nicknames and that the nickname she calls you is nice but not sexual in nature.

It would also be likely that she would show the same body language around you as she does around her other friends. It would also be less likely that she would show many signs of attraction around you.

She is being mean

If the nickname is one that you do not like then it could be the case that she is doing it to be mean to you.

The reason that she might do that is that she might not like you for some reason or it could be to become more popular with other people. If she does it to increase her popularity then it would be likely that she would only do it when certain people are around.

It could also be the case that she makes herself feel better by making other people feel bad. If that is the case then it would be likely that she would be mean to other people as well in a way designed to make them feel bad about themselves. It would also be likely that she would actually feel bad about herself and she does it out of spite.

She is doing it as a power-play

The reason that she calls you a nickname could be that she is doing it as a power-play where she does it to show that she has some power over you.

This would be more likely if she does it in front of other people, the nickname is one that makes you seem slightly inferior and if she does it when telling you to do something.

If it is the case that she does it as a power-play it would be likely that she would show signs of dominating behavior in her body language.

These signs could include:

  • Touching people a lot
  • Standing in people’s personal space
  • Telling people to do things
  • Talking over people
  • Squinting when looking at people
  • Having tight lips when people are talking
  • Staring at people

She wants to see your reaction

It could be the case that she is attracted to you but she is not sure whether or not you are attracted to her.

This could mean that she called you a nickname because she wanted to see if you would react positively. If she did then it would be likely that she would show signs of attraction to you in her body language when she is around you.

Think about the type of nickname that she gave you

When trying to understand why she calls you a nickname it would be helpful to consider the type of nickname that she gave you.

If the nickname is more positive in nature then it would be more likely that she does it because she considers you a friend or because she is attracted to you. It would be helpful to consider if she calls her other friend’s nicknames and if her body language is different around you compared to with them.

If the nickname is not nice or it’s one that you don’t like then it could be the case that she does it to be mean or that she does it as a power-play.

Think about the way that she reacts to seeing you

When trying to understand why she calls you a nickname it would be helpful to consider the way that she reacts to seeing you.

If she reacts to seeing you by noticeably changing her body language then it would be more likely that she does it because she has good or bad feelings about you.

If she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Uncrossing her arms
  • Smiling
  • Raising her eyebrows
  • Having more dilated pupils
  • Holding eye contact with you
  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Flicking her hair to the side

Then it would be more likely that she calls you a nickname because she is attracted to you.

Whereas, if she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Crossing her arms
  • Squinting at you
  • Tensing her jaw
  • Tightening her lips
  • Furrowing her eyebrows

Then it would be more likely that she calls you a nickname for a more negative reason.

Think about when and where she calls you a nickname

It would also be helpful to consider the timing and location of when she calls you it.

If she calls you a nickname only when certain people are around then it would be more likely that she does it to be more popular or that she does it as a power-play.

Whereas, if she always seems to say it to you then it would be more likely that she says it because she considers you a friend or she is attracted to you.

Consider the way that she interacts with other people

When trying to understand why she calls you a nickname it would help to compare the way that she interacts with you with the way that she interacts with other people.

If she calls other people similar nicknames and she shows the same body language around them as she shows around you then it would be more likely that she does it because she is being friendly.

Whereas, if she only seems to say it you to and she changes her body language around you then it would be more likely that she says it because she is attracted to you assuming that she changes it in a way that shows attraction.

Consider the type of relationship that you have with her

It would also be helpful to consider the type of relationship that you have with her.

If she has been your friend for a while then it would be more likely that she calls you a nickname because she considers you a friend.

Whereas, if you haven’t known her for very long then it would make it more likely that she does it for a different reason and it would be helpful to consider the way that she reacts to seeing you and how she interacts with other people.

Related

If a girl gives you a nickname are you friendzoned? Not necessarily. If she only calls you a nickname it could be a sign that she is attracted to you. If she is then it would be likely that she would show signs of attraction in her body language when she is around you. If she calls her other friend’s nicknames and her body language is the same around them then it would be more likely that she considers you a friend.

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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