If a woman recently held prolonged eye contact with you then you might be wondering what prolonged eye contact from a woman to a man means.

This post will show you a number of reasons why a woman might hold prolonged eye contact with a man.

So, what does prolonged eye contact mean from a woman to a man? It will often be a sign of attraction especially if she has dilated pupils when looking at him. She could also be annoyed with him especially if she also squints. She might also do it naturally with other people as well.

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There are actually a number of things to consider when trying to figure out why a woman might hold prolonged eye contact with a man and there are a number of reasons why she might do it.

Why a woman will hold prolonged eye contact with a man

Each of the different reasons why a woman will hold prolonged eye contact with a man will likely come with a number of clues in her body language and in the way that she does it.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a woman will hold prolonged eye contact with a man, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

She is attracted to him

One reason that a girl will hold prolonged eye contact with a man is because she is attracted to him.

This would be more likely if she only does it with him and if her pupils also become very dilated around him as well. This is because people’s pupils dilated when they are around someone that they are attracted to.

The reason that holding prolonged eye contact is a sign of attraction is that it coincides with the love chemical oxytocin.

If she does hold prolonged eye contact because she is attracted to him then it would be likely that she would show other signs of it as well.

These signs can include:

  • Brushing her hair to the side when she sees him and when talking to him
  • Stroking her hair while talking to him
  • Touching him a lot
  • Standing closer to him than she does with other people
  • Asking him the most questions
  • Laughing and looking to see if he is also laughing
  • Laughing a lot at the things that he says
  • Pointing her feet at him (people point their feet at people that they are attracted to)
  • Telling her friends about him
  • Glancing at him a lot
  • Getting anxious when he is around other women

She is annoyed with him

The reason that a woman might hold prolonged eye contact with a man could be that she is annoyed with him.

This would be more likely if she only does it with him and if something had recently happened that would cause her to be annoyed with him.

If she is doing it due to being annoyed with him then it would be likely that she would show other signs of being annoyed with him as well by doing things such as:

  • Squinting at him
  • Tensing her jaw
  • Furrowing her eyebrows
  • Pointing her feet away from him
  • Tightening her lips

She is being dominating

It could be the case that she is holding prolonged eye contact with him since she is being dominating.

If this is the case then she might also do it with other people as well. If she also does it with other people then it would suggest that she does it to raise her status in the group since high-status individuals tend to hold prolonged eye contact.

If she is doing it to be dominating then she might do other things such as:

  • Tell him to do things
  • Put her hands and feet on things that are not hers
  • Stand in his personal space
  • Touch him
  • Talk to him in a more direct way
  • Squint when looking at him

She does it naturally

It could be the case that she holds prolonged eye contact with him because she does it naturally.

If this is the case then it would be likely that she would also hold prolonged eye contact around other people and her body language wouldn’t be different around him.

It could be the case that she does it naturally but she does it with him for a different reason anyway. In that case, it would be likely that she would show other body language signs that are different around him.

Consider how she reacts to seeing him

When trying to understand why a woman holds prolonged eye contact with a man it would help to consider the way that she reacts to seeing him.

If she reacts to seeing him by noticeably changing her body language then it would be likely that she has good or bad feelings about him.

If she reacts to seeing him by doing things such as:

  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to him
  • Seeking eye contact with him
  • Adjusting her appearance

Then it would make it more likely that she does it because she is attracted to him.

Whereas, if she does things such as:

  • Squint momentarily
  • Tense her jaw
  • Hide or tense her lips
  • Furrow her eyebrows

Then it would be more likely that she has negative feelings towards him.

Consider when and where she does it

It would also help to consider the timing and location that she holds prolonged eye contact with him in.

If she only seems to do it when around other girls then it could be a sign that she is jealous. I have written more about the signs that a girl is jealous, in the past, here.

If she only does it when she is alone with him then it would be more likely to be due to attraction. It could also be due to attraction if she does it around other people as well but it would help to consider the body language that she shows.

Consider her normal body language

It would also help to consider how her body language is different around him compared to when she is with other people.

If she also holds prolonged eye contact with other people and she shows the same body language around other people then it would be more likely that she does it naturally.

Whereas, if she only holds prolonged eye contact with him and she shows different body language around him then it would be more likely that she has good or bad feelings about him depending on how she changes her body language.

Consider multiple aspects of her body language

When considering what her body language could be suggesting it would help to consider multiple aspects of it at the same time.

The reason for that is that she could show a single body language sign for multiple different reasons. This makes body language signs unreliable on their own.

Whereas, it would be more likely that she would show multiple body language signs that all suggest the same thing for that particular 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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