If you have recently noticed a guy touch the small of your back you’re probably wondering why he did it and what it might mean.

This post will try to help you figure that out and to help you to make sense of it as it happens in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy touches the small of your back? It can mean that he finds you attractive, that he wants more than just a friendship, he’s being dominant, he’s trying to be protective or that he is trying to make you feel better. To figure out which reason you will need to consider the context of how he did it and the body language that he showed.

Since there are a number of reasons why a guy might touch the small of your back it is important to consider the body language signals that he was showing when he did it and the signals he shows when he’s with you.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better idea of the motivations that he had behind doing it.

Possible reasons why a guy will touch the small of your back

Each of the different reasons why a guy might touch the small of your back will come with a number of different body language signals.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy might do it along with the body language signals to look for.

He’s attracted to you

If a guy touches the small of your back it will often be a strong signal that he finds you attractive.

If he does find you attractive he will likely show it with his body language in a number of ways.

Some of the body language signals that he might show include:

  • Having dilated pupils when talking to you
  • Pointing his feet towards you even when he isn’t directly in front of you
  • Talking to you more than other people in the group
  • Touching you more than other people in the group
  • Adjusting his clothing or hair when he notices you
  • Glancing or staring at you and then quickly looking away or smiling when you notice
  • Holding eye contact with you for longer than normal
  • Talking with a deeper voice than normal
  • Standing or sitting in a way that highlights the crotch area
  • A lack of negative body language like crossing the arms, squinting or clenching the jaw
  • Getting nervous when talking to you
  • Blinking more frequently
  • Getting anxious when you’re with other men
  • Getting defensive when other men are around
  • Laughing and looking to see if you did

Dominantion

When people are trying to show they’re more powerful than others socially they will often touch other people in the group.

By doing this they are showing that they are not concerned about you as a threat.

This could be the reason that he did it to you.

It is possible that a guy can have dominating tendencies while also being attracted to you. If this is the case then he would probably show a number of the signals of attraction mentioned above while also showing a number of the domination signs mentioned below.

If he was being dominant he would likely show a number of other signs of being dominant in his behavior and body language.

These can include:

  • Talking over people
  • Talking loudly
  • Interrupting people
  • Taking up lots of space
  • Putting his hands and feet on things that aren’t his (including people)
  • Staring
  • Squinting
  • Tight lips
  • Clenched jaw
  • Standing and sitting in a way that makes himself appear bigger

He wants to be more than friends

It could be the case that he has been your friend for a while and he touched the small of your back because he wants more than just to be friends with you.

If that is why he did it then it would be likely that he would have been showing signs of attraction around you that you haven’t picked up on.

Since he hasn’t overtly told you that he finds you attractive yet then it would also be likely that he would show signs of nervousness when he is around you.

He wants to see your reaction

It could also have been the case that he finds you attractive but he is unsure of whether or not you are into him.

If this is the case then it would also be likely that he shows many of the signals of attraction mentioned above when he is around you.

He also might have appeared to have had an observant body language when he touched the small of your back.

He’s trying to cheer you up

People will often put one of their arms around the back of someone when they are trying to cheer the person up.

If you were sad at the time and you were showing signs of being sad in your body language then it would be more likely that he did it to try and cheer you up.

If he was then it would also be more likely if he put his arm around your lower back or sometimes people might rub your back instead.

He’s being protective

Another reason that a man might put his arm around the small of your back is if he is trying to be protective.

This would be more likely to be the case if he did it when you were both in an uncertain situation. For example, he might have done it while you were both walking through a crowd.

He’s mirroring you

When people are trying to fit in with another group of people they will actually mirror their body language.

If you have touched the small of his back before and you both hang out with the same people then it would be more likely that he was mirroring you.

Mirroring can also be a signal of attraction so you should also observe to see if he is also showing attraction signals.

If he was mirroring you then it would be likely that he would mirror a number of other of your behaviors as well.

These can include:

  • Mirroring how you walk and at what speed
  • Mirroring your facial signals
  • Mirroring your smile and laugh
  • Mirroring how you stand and sit
  • Talking at a similar speed and pitch as you

Consider his normal behavior

When trying to figure out what a guy’s body language might be suggesting it is important to consider what his normal body language looks like.

If he normally touches other people when he’s with them then it would not be as strong of a signal that he did it for any particular reason when he did it to you. That is unless he was showing multiple body language signals that suggest otherwise. If he tends to touch people when talking to them then it might suggest that they are high status, dominant or overly friendly.

If he wouldn’t normally touch other people then it would make it much more likely that he touched the small of your back for one of the reasons already mentioned. You should consider the other body language signals that he was showing when he did it to figure out which reason it was.

Think about when and where he did it

The location and the timing of when he touched the small of your back would also be something to consider.

If he did it when you were both alone together and he perhaps went slightly anxious when he did it then it would suggest that he did it due to being attracted to you.

If it was in a social setting then it could have been to show you that he’s attracted to you and that he doesn’t want to be friends but it could also have been a public display of dominating behavior or he might have been trying to be protective if it was in an uncertain environment.

Think about your relationship with him

The type of relationship that you have with him would also be something that would be worthwhile to consider.

If you have been dating him for a while then it could be the case that he did it because he was trying to further the relationship on a physical level.

If it was a guy that you have never met before then it would make it more likely that he either did it due to being dominant or he might have been trying to show attraction to you or both.

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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