If a guy recently held the door open for you then you might be wondering what it means.

This post will show you why he might have held the door open for you.

So, what does it mean when a guy holds the door open for you? He might do it because he likes you which would be more likely if he only does it for you and he shows other signs of attraction around you. He might also hold it open to be polite, because he does it for everyone or because he considers you a friend.

When considering why he might have held the door open for you it would be helpful to consider the body language that he shows around you.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better understanding of why he held the door open for you.

He’s attracted to you

The reason that he held the door open for you could be that he is attracted to you.

It would be more likely if he only holds the door open for you and he changes his body language around you.

With that being said, holding the door open for you is not a strong signal of attraction since there are a number of more probable reasons why most guys will do it.

If he is attracted to you it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction when around you by doing things such as:

  • Sitting or standing more upright when he notices you
  • Adjusting his hair or clothing when he notices you
  • Always pointing his feet in your direction when you’re around him
  • Having more dilated pupils than normal when talking to you
  • Holding eye contact with you for longer than normal
  • Standing closer to you than he does with other people
  • Asking you more questions than he does to other people in the group
  • Keeping his focus on you when there are lots of people speaking
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are
  • Looking at you from a distance then quickly looking away or smiling if you notice

He’s being polite

Often a guy will hold a door open for a woman because it is considered the polite thing to do.

If you haven’t met the guy before then this would be the most likely reason that he would do it. If he’s your friend then it would still be likely that he would do it for this reason as well.

However, it is still possible that he would do it due to being attracted to you but you would need to see multiple other signs of attraction.

He wants to be friends

It could be the case that it is a sign that he wants to be friends with you.

If that is the case then it would be likely that he has been talking to you a lot lately and that he has been talking to you when in a group.

He holds the door open for everyone

It could be the case that he holds the door open for everyone.

If he does then it wouldn’t have just been you that he would have done it for and you would likely have seen him do it for other people as well.

Consider how he reacts when he sees you

If you’re trying to understand where you stand with him then a useful thing to consider is the way that he reacts to you.

If he raises his eyebrows and smiles, sits or stands more upright, points his feet at you, positions himself to be near you, adjusts his clothing or hair and his pupils dilate when he first notices you then it would be likely that he is attracted to you. This would be especially likely if he shows signs of being attracted to you when talking to you.

However, if he crosses his arms and legs, points his feet away from you, squints, avoids eye contact and positions himself to be further away from you then it would be more likely that he doesn’t want to see you.

Think about how he interacts with other people

When trying to figure out if he likes you it would also be helpful to consider the way that he interacts with other people.

If he holds the door open for other people and his body language is the same around other people as it is with you then it would be less likely that he is attracted to you.

Whereas, if he tends to only hold it open for you and he does change his body language around you compared to when he’s with other’s then it would be more likely that he is attracted to you. That is assuming that he shows signs of attraction in his body language.

Consider multiple aspects of his body language

When trying to make sense of a guy’s body language it would be helpful to consider multiple body language signals at a time.

The reason for that is that a single body language signal, such as crossing the arms, can have many different meanings.

Whereas, if he shows multiple different body language signals that all point towards the same thing then it would be more likely that it’s why he is actually showing them.

For example, if a guy adjusts his clothing or hair when he notices you then by itself it wouldn’t be enough to conclude that he’s attracted to you. Whereas, if he adjusts his clothing or hair, points his feet at you, sits more upright, holds prolonged eye contact with you and positions himself to be nearer to you then it would be more likely that he is attracted to you.

Related

What does it mean when a guy holds the car door open for you? A guy might hold the car door open for you due to being polite, attracted to you, wanting to be friends with you or he might do it for everyone. It would be necessary to consider what his body language and behavior is like with you compared to when he’s with other people to figure out why he does it.

What does it mean if a guy holds a door open for you all of a sudden? If he didn’t normally do it in the past then it might be the case that he is attracted to you but you would need to see other signs of attraction to be sure of that. It might also be that he was trying to be polite or that he just wants to be friends with you.

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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