If a guy scratched the palm of your hand, this post will show you likely reasons why and what would make them more likely.

So, what does it mean if a guy scratches the palm of your hand? Possible causes of a guy scratching the palm of your hand are that he is attracted to you, being dominant, trying to see how you will react or he could be trying to reassure you.

There are a number of possible reasons why a guy would scratch the palm of your hand but there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main reason.

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What does it mean when a guy scratches the palm of your hand?

Below are a number of possible causes and what would make each of them more likely.

He’s attracted to you

The cause could be that he is attracted to you. This would be more likely if he only did it to you and if he shows more interest in you than he does towards his other friends.

If he does find you to be attractive then it would be likely that he would show it in a number of other ways in his behavior and body language.

These ways can include:

  • Standing near you when talking to you
  • Touching you more than others
  • Having dilated pupils when talking to you
  • Adjusting his clothing or hair as soon as he sees you
  • Pointing his feet at you even when he’s not directly in front of you
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Talking to you more than other people in the group
  • Glancing at you often then quickly looking away when you notice
  • Getting anxious when you’re with other men
  • Getting defensive when other men are around
  • Blinking more than usual
  • Showing signs of nervousness around you
  • Positioning himself to be near you
  • Talking with a deeper voice than normal
  • Holding eye contact for longer than normal

He wants more than a friendship

If he has been your friend for a while, it might be a sign that he wants more than just a friendship with you.

If that is why he did it, he would likely show multiple signs of attraction when he is around you that you haven’t picked up on.

He would also be more likely to get defensive when other men are around, get anxious when you’re with other men and to talk to you more than his other friends.

Since he hasn’t overtly asked you out yet it would also be more likely that he gets nervous around you so he might rub his face, arms, legs or neck around you, fidget a lot or tap his fingers and feet up and down a lot.

He wants to see how you’ll react

He might have done it because he finds you attractive but he is unsure of whether or not you find him attractive.

By scratching your palm it would have been a less intrusive way to see if you would be comfortable with him doing it.

If he did to it to see how you would react, it would be likely that he shows multiple other signs of attraction when he’s around you.

He’s being dominant

If a guy is trying to dominate the people around him, he will typically touch them more than usual. By doing this it shows that they are not a threat to him and it implies that he is of a higher position than they are.

This could be the reason why he scratched your palm.

If it was the reason, it would be likely that he did it more firmly and that he did it when telling you to do something or when making a statement to you.

If he was being dominant then he would likely show a number of other signs of dominating behavior.

These can include:

  • Holding eye contact with people for longer than normal
  • Squinting
  • Tight lips
  • Clenched jaw
  • Telling people to do things
  • Putting his hands and feet on things that aren’t his
  • Taking up lots of space
  • Taking a stance that makes him appear bigger
  • Interrupting people
  • Speaking over people
  • Speaking loudly
  • Positioning himself to be in the center of things

He wants to be more intimate

The reason why he scratched your hand could be that he wants to be more intimate with you.

If that is the case it would be likely that he was showing numerous overt signs of attraction.

It would also be more likely if it was a guy that you have been dating for a while. If it was, it would suggest that he wants to move the relationship further.

Consider when and where he did it

It would help to consider when and where he did it.

If he did it when you were both alone together in a more intimate setting, it would be more likely that he wanted to be intimate with you.

If it was in a public setting, it could have been an overt signal that he finds you attractive or that he was being dominant. It would be necessary to consider the body language signals that he was showing to figure out which.

Consider your relationship with him

It would also help to consider the type of relationship you currently have with him.

If it was a guy that you haven’t met before, it would be likely that he found you attractive and that he was trying to pick you up or that he had a dominating personality or both.

If it was a guy that you have been friends with for a while then it could be that he actually does find you attractive and that he wants more.

Think about what his normal behavior and body language looks like

It would also help to consider how he interacts with other people.

If he behaves differently around other people and he seems to show a lot more interest in you, it would be more likely that he did it due to attraction.

If he does seem to do it to other women and his body language doesn’t change around you, it would make it more likely that he either has a flirtatious or a dominating personality. Although, it still might be the case that he finds you attractive in which case he would show it in multiple ways in his body language.

Consider multiple body language signals at once

When trying to figure out why he might have scratched your hand, it’s important to consider multiple body language signals at a time.

There are often many reasons why a person might show a single body language signal but when there are multiple body language signals all pointing to the same thing then it’s a more reliable indicator of what they’re actually thinking.

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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