If you have recently noticed that a guy tends to look at you from the corner of his eye then you’re probably wondering why he does it.

This post will help you figure out why he looks at you from the corner of his eye and help you to make sense of it as it happens with other guys in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy looks at you from the corner of his eye? It might mean that he is attracted to you especially if he does it more than once and if he only looks at you like that. He might also think you’re looking at him, he might be annoyed with you or he might be looking at something or someone in your direction.

Since there are a number of reasons why a guy might look at you from the corner of his eye it would be important to consider the context of how it happens and the body language that he shows.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better understanding as to why he looks at you from the corner of his eye.

Reasons why a guy will look at you from the corner of his eye

Each of the different reasons why a guy will look at you from the corner of his eye will likely come with a number of different clues in his body language.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy will look at you from the corner of his eye and the body language signals that you should expect to see with them.

He’s attracted to you

If he only seems to be doing it to you and you notice that he tends to change his body language when he is around you compared to how it is with other’s then it would be likely that he is attracted to you.

This would be especially likely if he tends to quickly look away when you catch him looking at you from the corner of his eye.

If he is attracted to you then it would also be likely that he would show other body language signals of attraction which can include:

  • Pointing his feet at you when you’re both in the same room
  • Getting anxious and sticking around while you’re talking to other men
  • Adjusting his clothing and/or hair when he notices you
  • Sitting or standing with a straighter posture when he notices you
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are as well
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Positioning himself to be near you when in a group
  • Uncrossing the arms or legs when he sees you
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Having more dilated pupils when you’re around
  • Raising his eyebrows and smiling at you

He’s mad at you

The reason that he looks at you from the corner of his eye could be that he is mad at you.

In this case, it would be more likely that you’re dating him, he’s your friend, he’s your boyfriend or he used to be one of those things.

It would also likely be apparent based on recent events that have occurred such as you both having an argument, you doing something that he didn’t like or him thinking that you did.

If he is mad at you then it would be likely that he would show signs of being mad in his body language.

These signs can include:

  • Crossing the arms and legs when he notices you
  • Pointing the feet away from you
  • Squinting, tightening the eyebrows and tensing the jaw
  • Showing tight lips while you are talking
  • Distancing himself from you
  • Avoiding talking to you

He wants more than just a friendship

If you’re friends with him the looking at you from the corner of his eye could be a sign that he wants more than just a friendship with you.

If that is the case then it would be especially likely that he would have been showing body language signs of attraction around you that you haven’t picked up on.

It would be especially likely if he looks at you from the corner of his eye while you’re with other men.

He wants to see if you’re into him

The reason that he looks at you from the corner of his eye could be that he wants to see if you like him.

If that is the case then it would be likely that he would show other signs of attraction in his body language while he is around you.

He’s noticed that you look at him

It could be the case that he tends to look at you from the corner of his eye because he actually is wondering why you’re looking at him.

If that is the reason that he does it then it would be likely that he would have caught you looking at him in the past.

He might also show some signs of anxiousness when looking at you which could include rubbing behaviors, fidgeting, wringing the hands or tucking his feet around his chair.

He’s attracted to you but not interested

The reason that he looks at you from the corner of his eye could be that he is attracted to you but he isn’t looking for anything more.

It could be that he has a girlfriend or that he isn’t looking for one.

If that is why he looks at you from the corner of his eye then it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction around you. However, he would be less likely to get anxious when you are around other men.

Consider how he reacts when you catch him doing it

The way that he reacts when you catch him looking at you from the corner of his eye will likely help you to understand why he does it.

If he quickly looks away when you catch him doing it then it would be more likely that he was looking at you and it would be more likely that he did it for one of the reasons above.

Whereas, if he doesn’t quickly look away then it might be the case that he wasn’t actually looking at you. Rather, he might have been looking at something else in your general direction. If that is why he did it then it would be more likely that he would show neutral body language to you.

Consider how he reacts to seeing you

The way that he reacts when he first sees you will likely tell you a lot about what his feelings are like towards you.

If he sits or stands more upright, points his feet at you, positions himself to be nearer to you, shows more dilated pupils, adjusts his clothing or hair and he watches you as you enter then it would be more likely that he is attracted to you.

Whereas, if he crosses his arms and legs, avoids eye contact with you, points the feet away from you and squints when looking at you then it would be more likely that he is annoyed with you.

Consider how he interacts with other people

Comparing the way that he interacts with other people with the way that he behaves around you would also likely help you to understand why he looks at you from the corner of his eye.

If he tends to show the same body language and behavior around other people as he does when he is around you then it would be less likely that he actually looks at you from the corner of his eye.

Whereas, if he changes his body language when you are around then it would be more likely that he is attracted to you assuming that he changes it in a way that signals attraction.

Consider your relationship with him

The type of relationship that you have with him would also likely be a factor in why he does it.

If he is a guy that you have not spoken to before then it would be more likely that he has a crush on you or possibly that he has noticed you looking at him.

Whereas, if he is your friend then it would make it more likely that he is annoyed with you in some way or that he is attracted to you. It would be necessary for you to consider if he shows positive or negative body language around you to figure out why.

Look for clusters of signs

When trying to understand why he does it looking for multiple signs of the same thing would be helpful.

There will often be multiple different reasons that a guy will show a single body language signal. Whereas, there will usually be only one or two reasons that a guy will show multiple different body language signals.

This means that if you are trying to figure out whether or not he is attracted to you it would be helpful to look for a number of different body language signals of attraction.

Related

What does it mean if a guy gives you the side eye? It could mean that he is attracted to you in which case he would likely show signs of attraction in his body language. It could also be that he is annoyed with you. If he is then it would likely be apparent based on recent events. Alternatively, it might be that he was not actually looking at you rather he was looking in your direction.

How to tell if someone is looking at you from the corner of their eye? If they are then it would be likely that they would quickly look away or smile when you notice. They might also be pointing their feet at you and they might react to your actions.

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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