If a girl recently grabbed your hand then you’re probably wondering why and what it might mean about the way that she feels about you.

This post will help you understand why she would grab your hand and why other girls might do the same in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl grabs your hand? It’s likely a sign that she likes you. This would be especially likely if she shows signs of attraction when she is around you such as by flicking her hair to the side or holding prolonged eye contact. It could also be that she was being dominating if she did it firmly and in front of other people.

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Since there are a number of reasons why she might grab your hand it is important to consider the body language that she shows around you and the context of how she did it.

Why a girl will grab your hand

Each of the different reasons why a girl will grab your hand will likely come with a number of clues in her body language and the way that she grabs it.

Below, I will show you a number of reasons why she might have grabbed your hand and the signs that you can expect to see with them.

She is attracted to you

The reason that she grabbed your hand could be that she was showing that she is attracted to you.

This would be more likely if she only grabbed your hand, if she did it less firmly and if she was showing positive body language towards you when she did it.

If she grabbed your hand more firmly it could still be the case that she did it because she is attracted to you if she also shows signs of attraction in her body language around you.

If she grabbed your hand because 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:

  • Always pointing her feet at you when you’re around her
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Touching you a lot and more than she touches other people
  • Standing closer to you when talking to you than she does with other people
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are also laughing
  • Flicking her hair to the side so that you can see her neck when she sees you
  • Stroking her hair when talking to you
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to you
  • Watching you when you’re with other girls
  • Asking you the most questions when you’re in a group together
  • Keeping her focus on you when there are other people talking

She was feeling frightened

The reason that she grabbed your hand could be that she was feeling frightened or she was worried about something.

If that was the case then it would be more likely that she would have grabbed your hand in an uncertain situation such as when you were walking through a crowd or through a dark area at night.

She might also have done it because she was feeling sad. If she did then it would be likely that she would have shown signs of being sad in her body language such as having watery eyes, taking deeper breaths or inhaling quickly through the nose.

She was trying to make you feel better

The reason that she grabbed your hand could be that she was trying to reassure you.

If that is the case then it would be likely that she would have done it when you were showing signs of being sad or when you were talking to her about something that made you feel sad. It would also be likely that she would only have done it then and not at other times as well.

She was trying to emphasize what she was saying

She might have grabbed your hand to emphasize a point that she was trying to make.

This would be more likely if she grabbed your hand when she was telling you something that she was emotional about. It would also be likely that she would have shown other signs of trying to exaggerate her point such as having wide-open eyes, leaning in at you, talking more loudly and waiting to see your reaction.

She was mirroring your own behavior

People will often mirror the body language of the people that they hang around with a lot.

If you tend to hang out with her a lot, you have touched her hand in the past and if you both tend to hang out with the same people then it could be the case that she was mirroring you.

If she was mirroring you then it could also be a sign that she is attracted to you. If she is then it would be likely that she would show other signs of attraction in her body language around you.

If she was mirroring you then she might have mirrored you in other ways as well.

Examples could include:

  • Standing or sitting with the same stance as you
  • Mirroring your facial gestures
  • Mirroring your hand gestures
  • Laughing and smiling like you do

She was being dominating

If she grabbed your hand more firmly then it could be the case that she was being dominating or doing it is a power-play.

This would be more likely if she did it when trying to get you to move, if she did it in front of other people and if she did it when telling you to do something.

If she was being dominating then it would be likely that she would show other dominating behaviors and body language signs around you and others.

These signs could include:

  • Standing in people’s personal space
  • Touching people a lot
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with people
  • Telling people to do things
  • Interrupting people
  • Squinting at people
  • Tightening her lips when other people are talking

Consider when and where she grabbed your hand

When trying to understand why she grabbed your hand it would be helpful to consider when and where she did it.

If she grabbed your hand when you were alone together then it would be more likely that she was doing it to reassure you or because she was showing attraction to you.

If she did it around other people then it would be more likely that she was feeling anxious or that she was being dominating. However, she could also have been showing attraction to you. It would help to consider the body language that she was showing when she did it.

Think about the way that she reacts to seeing you

When trying to understand why she grabbed your hand and the way that she feels about you it would be helpful to consider the way that she reacts to seeing you.

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

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

Then it would be more likely that she has positive feelings about you and it would be more likely that she grabbed your hand due to attraction.

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

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

Then it would be more likely that she grabbed your hand due to being dominating or because she did it as a power-play.

Think about how she interacts with other people

When trying to understand the way that she feels about you it would be helpful to consider the way that she interacts with other people.

If she interacts with her friend’s in the same way that she does with you and she shows the same body language around them then it would be more likely that she grabbed your hand due to trying emphasize what she was saying, to reassure you or because she was feeling anxious.

Whereas, if her body language is different around you compared to when she is with other people then it would be more likely that she did it because she was showing attraction to you. That is assuming that she changes her body language in a way that shows attraction.

Look for multiple clues in her body language

When considering what her body language might have been showing, when she grabbed your hand, it would be helpful to consider multiple aspects of her body language at a time.

The reason for that is that she could have shown a single body language sign for a number of different reasons making it difficult to accurately tell why she was showing it.

But, if she showed a cluster of signs that all suggest the same thing then it would be more likely that she was showing them for that specific reason.

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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