If you recently noticed a girl stare are you then quickly look away when you noticed then you might be wondering why she did it.

This post will help you understand why she might have stared at you then quickly look away and why other girls might do it as well in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl stares at you then quickly looks away? It could be a sign of interest especially if she was showing other signs of attraction. It would also be possible that she was looking at you but thinking about something else when you noticed.

Since there are a number of reasons why a girl will stare at you then quickly look away when you notice it is important to consider the body language that she was showing and the context of how she did it.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better understanding of the way that she feels about you and the reason that she stared at you and quickly looked away.

Reasons why a girl will stare at you then quickly look away

Each of the different reasons why she might stare at you then quickly look away will likely come with a number of clues in her body language and in the way that she did it.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a girl will stare at you then quickly look away and the signs to look for with them.

She’s attracted to you

The reason that she did it could be that she is attracted to you.

This would be more likely if she held looked down and smiled when you noticed.

It would also be more likely to have been the reason if she flicked her hair to the side so that you could see her neck while she was looking at you. This is because showing the vulnerable areas is often a sign of attraction.

If she did stare at you then quickly look away because she was attracted to you then it would be likely that she would have shown other signs of being attracted to you in her body language and behavior which could include:

  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Adjusting her appearance when she notices you
  • Uncrossing her arms when she notices you
  • Sitting more upright when she notices you
  • Giggling with her friends when looking at you
  • Watching you when you’re with other women
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Having more dilated pupils
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are also laughing
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to you

The reason that she might be showing a single one of these signals will often have a number of different possibilities. This is why it would be more reliable to see multiple signs of attraction to be more confident that she is attracted to you.

She thought that you were looking at her

She might have been staring at you because she thought that you were looking at her.

This would be more likely to have been the reason if you had been looking at her yourself or if you have in the past.

Unless she is attracted to you she might also have shown some signs of uncertainty which could have included:

  • Rubbing her arms, face, neck or legs
  • Pointing her feet away from you
  • Fidgeting
  • Tapping the fingers or feet
  • Wringing the hands
  • Self-hugging

She was just looking in your direction

It might be the case that she wasn’t actually looking at you but she quickly looked away since she realized that it looked like she was.

If that was the case then it would be likely that she would have shown neutral body language towards you unless she had positive or negative feelings about the thing that she was actually looking at.

She was thinking

It could be the case that she was thinking about something when she was looking at you and that she quickly looked away when she realized that it looked like she was looking at you.

If that was the case then it would be likely that she would have shown neutral body language to you and it would also be likely that she would not have done it more than once.

She was annoyed with you

The reason that she was staring at you could be that she was annoyed with you.

If that was the case then it would be likely that something would have recently happened that would have caused her to be annoyed with you.

If she was annoyed with you it would be likely that it would have shown in her body language in a number of ways such as:

  • Squinting when looking at you
  • Crossing her arms when she saw you
  • Tightening her lips when she saw you
  • Tensing her jaw when looking at you
  • Tightening her eyebrows when looking at you
  • Pointing her feet away from you
  • Avoiding talking to you

She is not interested in you

Looking away quickly when you notice her could also be a sign that she is not attracted to you.

This is because it implies that she does not want to give you any signs that she is attracted to you.

If that is why she looked away quickly then it would be likely that she would not show you any signs of attraction. It would also be likely that she would show distancing behaviors such as pointing the feet away from you, positioning herself to be further away from you and avoiding talking to you.

She was looking at you randomly

She might have just been momentarily looking in your direction when you noticed her looking at you and she quickly looked away when she realized you were looking at each other.

If that is why she did it then it would be likely that she would not have looked at you more than once and she would be more likely to have shown neutral body language towards you.

Someone told her something about you

The reason that she was staring at you could be that she was observing you because someone told her something about you.

This would be more likely if she has been hanging out with people that you know. It would also be more likely to have been the reason if she was with people that you know and they were looking at you as well.

Consider where it happened

It would be helpful to consider when and where she looked at you then quickly looked away since it could impact the reasons that she did it.

If she was staring at you in a social environment such as a party then it would make it more likely that she was doing it because she was attracted to you. However, she still might have been doing it for a different reason such as thinking that you were staring at her which is why it would be helpful to consider the body language that she was showing.

If she was staring at you in a more formal setting then it would be more likely that she did it for reasons like she was thinking about you or that she was just thinking in general and looking in your direction. Again, she still might have done it for a different reason so it would help to consider the body language that she showed.

Consider the relationship that you have with her

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

If you haven’t spoken to her before then it would be more likely that she was attracted to you, looking in your general direction or that she thought you were looking at her. It would help to consider if she looked at you repeatedly and if she showed positive or negative body language.

If she was a girl that you know then it would be more likely that she was thinking about you or that she was annoyed with you or she thought you were annoyed with her.

Consider how she reacts to seeing you

Thinking about the way that she reacts to seeing you would also be helpful in trying to understand why she stared at you then quickly looked away and how she feels about you.

If she noticeably changes her body language when she sees you then it would be less likely that she was looking in your general direction when you noticed her staring and more likely that she was specifically staring at you.

If she changes her body language by doing things such as:

  • Uncrossing her arms
  • Sitting more upright
  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Having more dilated pupils
  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Pointing her feet at you

Then it would be more likely that she was looking at you due to being attracted to you.

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

  • Crossing her arms
  • Squinting
  • Furrowing her eyebrows
  • Tensing her jaw
  • Tightening her lips
  • Pointing her feet away from you

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

Think about how she interacts with other people

It would also help to compare the way that she interacts with you with how she interacts with other people.

If she shows the same body language around you as she shows around other people then it would be more likely that she was not actually staring at you because she has good or bad feelings about you. Rather, it would be more likely that she was thinking and looking in your direction.

Whereas, if she does show different body language around you compared to when she is with other people then it would be more likely that she was staring at you due to attraction, being annoyed with you or thinking that you were looking at her.

Look at multiple clues in her body language

When considering what her body language might have been suggesting it would be helpful to look for multiple signs in her body language.

This is because a single body language sign would likely have had many different possible meanings making it difficult to accurately assess why she was showing it.

Whereas, it would be more likely that she would show multiple body language signs of the same thing for that exact 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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