If a guy has been trying to make you jealous, this post will show you likely reasons why and what would make them more likely.

So, what does it mean when a guy tries to make you jealous? Likely reasons why a guy will try to make you jealous are that he is attracted to you, he is annoyed with you, he feels insecure, he thinks it will make you more attracted to him, or he might not actually be trying to make you jealous.

There are a number of possible reasons why a guy will try to make you jealous but 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 tries to make you jealous?

Below are likely reasons why a guy will try to make you jealous and what would make them more likely.

He is attracted to you

If he is not your boyfriend, the reason why he has been trying to make you jealous could be that he is attracted to you and he is trying to get you to be more invested in him. This would be more likely if he behaves differently around you as he does around his other friends and if he specifically was trying to make sure he had your attention when he was trying to make you jealous.

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

  • Pupil dilation when talking to you
  • Pointing his feet towards you
  • Talking to you more than others
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Maintaining a longer duration of eye contact
  • Touching you the most
  • Mirroring your body language and behavior
  • Standing at a closer proximity to you
  • Giving lots of glances your way
  • Speaking with a deeper voice than normal around you
  • Getting anxious when you’re with other men

He is annoyed with you

The cause might also be that he is annoyed with you. This would be more likely if he started doing it after you did something that might annoy him or if you did something that might have made him jealous yourself.

He feels insecure

It might also be the case that he does it because he feels insecure. This would be particularly likely if he does it when you are around other guys.

If he does get jealous due to self-esteem issues then it was found that it would also be likely that he would also be sensitive to criticism, withdraw himself socially, be hostile to people at times, have an excessive preoccupation with personal problems and have physical symptoms like fatigue, insomnia and headaches.

He thinks you are not interested in him

It might also be the case that he does like you but he thinks that you are not interested in him and he is trying to make you jealous so that it increases your interest in him. This would be more likely if he started doing it after you showed a lack of interest in him.

He might not actually be trying to make you jealous

It could also be the case that he was not actually trying to make you jealous. This would be more likely if he did not seem to be trying to get your attention and if he has been acting normally towards you otherwise.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

The relationship you have with him

If he is your boyfriend, it would make it more likely that he was doing it due to feeling insecure and because he was trying to increase your interest in him. He might also have been doing it because he was annoyed with you or trying to get you back for making him jealous.

If he is not your boyfriend, it would be more likely that he was trying to increase your interest in him or that he was not actually trying to make you jealous.

The way he tries to make you jealous

It would also help to consider how he was trying to make you jealous. If he did it at a party by talking to and touching other women, it would be a lot more likely that he was trying to get you to be more interested in him and he might have been annoyed with you. Whereas, if he did it by saying something that might have made you jealous, it could be the case that he said it unintentionally.

How he reacts when he sees you

It would also help to consider how he reacts upon first seeing you since the way he reacts can tell you a lot about how he feels about you.

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

  • Adjusting his appearance
  • Holding eye contact with you
  • Moving closer to you
  • Adjusting his posture
  • Facing towards you (especially with his feet)

It would be more likely that he is attracted to you.

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

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Crossing his arms
  • Moving away
  • Squinting
  • Tensing the jaw

Then it would be more likely that he is annoyed with you.

How he interacts with other people

It would also help to compare the way that he interacts with other people with how he interacts with you. If he interacts the same way with you as he does with other people, it would be more likely that he was not trying to make you jealous and that he just considers you a friend. Whereas, if he interacts with people differently to how he interacts with you, it would be more likely that he is attracted to 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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