If you have recently had a guy stare into your eyes without talking you’re probably wondering why he did it.

This post will try to help you figure that out and to understand why it’s happening when it happens in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy stares into your eyes without smiling? It could be that he is attracted to you which would be more likely if he only does it with you and if he shows other signs of attraction around you. He might also do it because he’s being dominant, he’s annoyed with you, mirroring your own behavior or he might be doing it as a warning.

Seeing as there are a number of different reasons why a guy might stare into your eyes without smiling it will be necessary for you to consider the context of how it happened and the body language that he showed.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better idea of the motivations that he had behind staring into your eyes without smiling.

Why a guy will stare into your eyes without smiling

Each of the different reasons why a guy will stare into your eyes without smiling will likely come with a number of clues in his body language.

Below, I will show you a number of reasons why a guy will stare into your eyes without smiling and the body language signals to look for with them.

He is attracted to you

When a couple hold eye contact for longer than normal it is known as “mutual gazing.”

The reason that he might have stared at you for longer than normal could be because he was actually gazing at you which would mean that he is attracted to you.

If he did do it because of being attracted to you then it would be likely that he would also show a number of other signs of being attracted to you in his behavior and body language.

These signs can include:

  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you
  • Pointing his feet at you even when he’s not directly in front of you
  • Standing close to you when talking to you
  • Staring at you when you’re in the same room as him and quickly looking away when you notice
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are as well
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Talking with a deeper voice than usual
  • Touching you more than others
  • Blinking more than usual
  • Showing signs of nervousness around you or when you’re with other men
  • Blinking more frequently
  • Adjusting his shirt or tie as soon as he sees you
  • Looking at your lips

He wants more than just a friendship

If he has been your friend for a while and you have noticed that he tends to stare into your eyes without smiling then it could be the case that he wants more than just a friendship.

If he does then it would be likely that he has been showing lots of other signs of attraction around you but you haven’t noticed.

It would be especially likely that he would show signs of nervousness around you and when you’re with other men, that he would have dilated pupils when staring at you and that he would often glance at you then look away quickly when you notice.

He is mirroring you

One reason that he might have been staring at your eyes without smiling could actually have been that he was mirroring your own behavior.

This is because people will often mirror the people around them when they are trying to fit in with them.

Mirroring can also be a signal of attraction. If he was doing it because of being attracted to you then it would be likely that he would also show numerous other signs of attraction in his body language.

If he was staring into your eyes without smiling because he was mirroring you then it would be likely that he would mirror a number of other things as well.

Examples could include:

  • The facial gestures that you show
  • The way that you smile
  • The way that you stand
  • The way that you sit
  • The pitch that you speak at
  • The gestures that you make with your hands

He is annoyed with you

If you have recently had an argument then it could be the case that he was staring into your eyes and not smiling because he was annoyed with you.

If he was then it would be likely that he would have shown it in a number of other ways by doing things such as:

  • Crossing the arms and legs
  • Squinting
  • Facing the feet away from you
  • Giving you short answers
  • Tightening the eyebrows when talking to you
  • Having tight lips
  • Clenching the jaw
  • Avoiding you
  • Positioning himself not to be near you
  • Tapping the feet when talking to you

He is warning you

One reason that a guy might stare into your eyes without smiling could actually be that he was warning you not to approach him.

In this case, it would likely be apparent that it was the reason based on the context. For example, he might have been guarding something and warning you not to come near or he might have been in a heightened emotional state due to just having had a fight.

If he was warning you not to come near then it would be likely that he would have shown it in other ways such as:

  • Clenching the fists
  • Tensing the muscles
  • Standing with the feet wide apart
  • Squinting
  • Tightening the eyebrows
  • Clenching the jaw
  • Visibility of veins
  • Redness of the face
  • Showing the teeth

He’s being dominant

When a guy is trying to show his higher status in a group he will often hold eye contact for longer than usual.

This could be the reason that he stared into your eyes without smiling.

If it was then he likely would have shown it in other ways by doing things such as:

  • Touching the people around him
  • Putting his hands and feet on things that aren’t his
  • Standing with a stance that makes the body appear larger such as with the hands-on the hips
  • Taking up lots of space
  • Telling people to do things
  • Talking over people
  • Interrupting people
  • Speaking with a deeper voice
  • Squinting
  • Having a clenched jaw and tight lips

Consider your relationship with him

When trying to figure out why he stared at you without smiling it would be helpful for you to think about what your relationship is like with him.

If you have been dating him for a while then it could be that he is falling in love with you. If he is then he would be showing numerous other signs of attraction. Alternatively, he might have been mad at you about something in which case he would have shown numerous other signs of being mad.

It would be a similar case if he’s your friend. He could actually be secretly attracted to you or he might have been angry about a recent event.

If you haven’t met him before then it could be the case that he was attracted to you, angry, being dominant or that he was warning you. It would be necessary for you to think about the other body language signals that he was showing and the context to figure out why.

Think about when and where it happened

The timing and location of where he stared at your eyes without smiling would also likely be a useful thing to think about.

If he did it when you were both alone together then it would be more likely that he was attracted to you. It could also be that he was annoyed about something so it would still be necessary to consider the body language signals that he was showing.

If it was in a public environment where people were watching then it would be more likely that he was trying to show his status in the group.

Consider his normal body language

Sometimes men have a habit of staring at people when they are talking. If you notice that he stares at other men and women in the eyes often and he doesn’t change his body language or behavior around you then it wouldn’t be a strong indicator that he’s doing it with you for any particular reason.

Whereas if he doesn’t seem to do it with other people and he does change his body language when he notices you then it would be more likely that he does it due to one of the reasons mentioned above.

Think about groups of body language

As shown above, a single body language signal can have multiple different meanings. This is why it is important to make conclusions based on multiple body language signals that a guy is showing.

This means that if he was showing multiple signs of attraction such as pupil dilation, pointing his feet at you, mirroring you, standing close to you and glancing at you then it would be a reliable indication that he’s attracted to you.

But, if he isn’t showing many signs of attraction in addition to staring at your eyes without smiling then it would be hard to conclude that he’s attracted to you with any certainty.

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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