If a girl recently hugged you from behind then you might be wondering why and what it might mean about the way that she feels about you.

This post will help you understand why she might have hugged you from behind and why other girls might do it as well in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl hugs you from behind? If she only does it with you then it would be a sign that she is attracted to you. She might also do it because she considers you a friend, because she was feeling sad or because she thought that you were feeling sad.

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Since there are a number of reasons why she might have hugged you from behind it would be helpful to consider the body language that she was showing and the context of how she did it.

Why a girl will hug you from behind

Each of the different reasons why a girl will hug you from behind will likely come with a number of clues in her body language.

In the following sections, I will mention a number of reasons why a girl will hug you from behind, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

She is attracted to you

Hugging you from behind could be a sign that she is attracted to you.

It would be more likely if she did it when you were alone together, if she is a similar age as you, if she hugged you tightly and if she hugged you for a longer time than she does with other people.

If she did hug you from behind due to being attracted to you then it would be likely that she would show signs of being attracted to you in her body language when she is around you.

These signs could include:

  • Brushing her hair to the side when she is around you
  • Stroking her hair while talking to you
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you
  • Touching you more than she touches other people
  • Standing closer to you than she does with other people
  • Laughing a lot at the things that you say
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are also laughing
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to you
  • Tilting her head while talking to you

She considers you a friend

The reason that she hugged you from behind could be that she was showing that she considers you a friend and that she is comfortable around you.

If that is the case then it would be likely that she would do similar things with her other friends and that she would show similar body language around them as she does with you.

She was trying to cheer you up

The reason that she hugged you from behind could be that she was trying to make you feel better.

This would be more likely if you were showing signs of being sad and if she did other things to reassure you as well.

It could also have been the case that she was feeling sad herself and that she hugged you because of it.

Think about when and where she hugged you from behind

The timing and location of where she hugged you from behind would likely be a useful thing to consider.

If she hugged you from behind while you were alone together then it would be more likely that she was showing attraction to you. However, she still might have done it for one of the other reasons mentioned above so it would still be helpful to consider the way she hugged you and the body language she was showing.

If she did it when you were with other people then it would be more likely that she was being friendly. However, if she only did it to you or she hugged you more tightly and for longer than with her other friends then it would be a sign that she is attracted to you.

Consider the way that she reacts to seeing you

It would also be helpful to consider the way that she reacts to seeing you when trying to understand why she hugged you from behind.

If she reacts to seeing you by noticeably changing her body language in a positive way then it would be more likely that she was showing attraction to you.

This means that if she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Sitting or standing more upright
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to you
  • Holding eye contact with you

Then it would be more likely that she was showing attraction when she hugged you from behind.

Consider how she interacts with other people

Comparing the way that she interacts with you with how she interacts with other people would also likely help you in understanding why she hugged you from behind.

If she also tends to do similar things with her other friends and she shows the same body language around them as she does with you then it would be more likely that she was just being friendly when she hugged you.

Whereas, if she only did it with you and she shows signs of attraction around you that she doesn’t with other people then it would be more likely that she was showing attraction to you when she hugged you from behind.

Look for multiple clues in her body language

When considering what her body language could have been suggesting it would be helpful to look for multiple body language signs of the same thing.

This is because single body language signs often have multiple possible meanings making them unreliable by themselves.

But, a cluster of body language signs that all suggest the same thing would be more likely to be there 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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