If a girl stares at you a lot but she ignores you 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 do it and why other girls might do it as well in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl stares at you but ignores you? If she shows signs of attraction when she stares at you such as brushing her hair then it could be that she is attracted to you. She might also do it because she thinks that you’re looking at her, she is annoyed with you or she might have just been looking in your general direction.

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Since there are a number of reasons why she might stare at you but ignore you it is important to consider the context of how she does it and the body language that she shows around you.

Why a girl will stare at you but ignore you

Each of the different reasons why a girl will stare at you but ignore you will likely come with a number of clues in her body language.

In the following sections, I will mention a number of reasons why she might stare at you but ignore you, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

She is attracted to you

The reason that she stares at you but ignores you could be that she is attracted to you but she either is too shy to talk to you, she doesn’t want to or she is hoping that you will talk to her.

It would be more likely that she is attracted to you if she only seems to stare at you specifically, she is a similar age as you and if she stared at you multiple times.

If she is attracted to you then she might show signs of it when she is around you such as:

  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Stroking her hair when looking at you
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to you
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Smiling or quickly looking away when you notice her looking at you
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you

She is annoyed with you

If she knows you then the reason that she stares at you but ignores you could be that she is annoyed with you.

This would be more likely if you had recently had an argument with each other or if you had recently done something that would annoy her.

If she was annoyed with you then she might have shown it in other ways as well by doing things such as:

  • Squinting at you
  • Tightening her lips when she saw you and when you were talking
  • Crossing her arms when she saw you
  • Tightening her eyebrows together when looking at you
  • Distancing herself from you

She thinks that you are looking at her

The reason that she has been looking at you but ignoring could be that she thought that you were looking at her.

This would be more likely if you had actually been looking at her yourself before she started looking at you.

If she does think that you are looking at her then it would be less likely that she would show positive body language towards you.

She was just thinking

The reason that she was looking at you could be that she was just thinking and she happened to be looking in your direction.

This would be more likely if she only did it once, if she showed neutral body language towards you and if she didn’t react when you noticed her looking at you. This would also explain why she ignores you since she wasn’t actually looking at you.

She was looking in your general direction

It could also be the case that she was actually looking at something or someone that was in your general direction.

Again, if this was the case then it would be more likely that she wouldn’t have looked at you repeatedly especially after you had changed positions. It would also be likely that she wouldn’t have reacted when you noticed and her body language would likely have been neutral towards you.

Someone told her something about you

The reason that she stared at you but ignored you could be that someone told her something about you.

This would be more likely if she looked at you when she was with other people that you know and if they were also looking at you as well.

Consider the type of relationship that you have with her

It would be helpful to consider the type of relationship that you have with her when trying to understand why she was staring at you but ignoring you.

If she is a girl that you know then it would be more likely that she was showing that she was annoyed with you. But, she could also have been doing it because she considers you a friend and she thought that you would say hi to her. If she shows signs of attraction around you then it could be that she does it due to being attracted to you.

Whereas, if she is a girl that you haven’t spoken to before then it would be more likely that she was showing attraction to you or she might have thought that you were looking at her.

Think about the way that she reacts to seeing you

Considering the way that she reacts to seeing you would also likely help you in figuring out why she stares at you but ignores you.

If she reacts to seeing you by noticeably changing her behavior then it would be more likely that she was either annoyed with you or showing attraction to you.

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

  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Smiling and raising her eyebrows
  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to you

Then it would be more likely that she stares at you but ignores you because she is actually attracted to you.

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

  • Squinting at you
  • Crossing her arms
  • Tightening her lips
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Distancing herself from you

Then it would be more likely that she was annoyed with you.

Consider how she interacts with other people

Considering her normal body language and behavior would also likely help in understanding why she stares at you but ignores you.

If she also seems to stare at other people as well then it would make it more likely that she either tends to think and stare or she has a habit of staring at people.

Whereas, if she only seems to do it to you then it would be more likely that she is either attracted to you or annoyed with you.

Look at multiple body language signs

When considering what her body language could be suggesting it would be helpful to consider multiple body language signs at a time.

If she shows multiple body language signs of the same thing then it would be more likely that she is showing them for that specific reason.

Whereas, if she only shows a single body language sign of something then it would be less reliable since single body language signs can have many different possible meanings.

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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