If a guy recently told you to take care, this post will show you likely reasons why and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

So, what does it mean when a guy says to take care? Likely reasons why a guy will tell you to take care are that he is being friendly, he likes you or that he is worried about you.

A guy might actually say it for a number of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause.

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What does it mean when a guy says take care?

Below are likely reasons and what would make each of them more likely.

He is attracted to you

The reason why he told you to take care could be that he is attracted to you. This would be more likely if he only said it to you, he interacts with you differently compared with how he interacts with other people and if he seems to show the most interest in you.

If he is attracted to you, he would likely show it by doing things such as:

  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • His pupils become dilated when he is around you
  • Standing close to you when talking to you
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Talking to you with a deeper voice than he does with other people
  • Uncrossing his arms and legs when he sees you
  • Sitting up straight when he sees you
  • Making his hair or clothing look good when he sees you
  • Becoming agitated while you are talking to other men your age
  • Getting defensive while other men are around
  • Making plans based on your schedule
  • Keeping his focus on you when you’re in a group together
  • Asking you lots of questions even when you’re both in a group together

He considers you a friend

It might also be the case that he was telling you to take care as a friend. This would be more likely if he interacts with you similarly to how he interacts with his other friends and if he shows the same body language around you as he does with his other friends. It would also be more likely if he says similar things to his other friends.

He is leaving

It might also be the case that he said it because he is leaving town for a while and he was saying to stay safe while he is away. This would be more likely if you know that he is leaving and if he does not normally say similar things to you.

He is worried about you

It could also be the case that he said it because he was worried about you. This would be more likely if he said it when you were about to do something risky such as when you were leaving him at night or if he said it after you hurt yourself or were sad.

Consider the context

It would help to consider the context in which he said it. If he said it when you were saying goodbye to each other and he is leaving town, it would be likely that he said it because he was telling you to stay safe. However, it could also be because he is attracted to you in which case he would likely show other signs of it.

Consider how he reacts when he sees you

It would also help to consider how he reacts when he sees you. If he reacts to seeing you by noticeably changing his body language, it would be more likely that he has positive feelings towards you.

If he reacts by doing things such as:

  • Pointing his feet at you
  • Sitting or standing more upright and uncrossing his arms
  • Adjusting his appearance
  • Positioning himself to be near to you

Then it would be more likely that he is attracted to you.

Consider how he interacts with other people

It would also help to compare how he interacts with other people with how he interacts with you. If he interacts with other people in a similar way, it would be more likely that he was being friendly. Whereas, if he interacts with you differently, it would be more likely that he is attracted to you.

Consider multiple signs

When considering what his body language could be showing, it would help to consider multiple signs at the same time. This is because a single body language sign can be misleading but multiple signs that all suggest the same thing can be a lot more reliable.

Does take care mean goodbye forever?

A guy saying to take care can mean goodbye forever depending on the context. If he said it when you were both arguing with each other, it would be likely that he said it as a way of saying goodbye forever because he was annoyed with you. Whereas, if he said it with a friendly tone and he does not have plans of leaving town, it would be more likely that he was being polite.

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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