If you recently noticed a guy looking at you and he quickly looked away when you caught him then you are probably wondering what it meant.

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

So, why do guys quickly look away? If he was showing open body language signals it would often signal that he was attracted to you. If he was showing negative body language signals then he might have been mad at you.

Since there are a number of reasons that a guy might look at a woman and then quickly look away it would be necessary to look at the other body language signals that he is showing.

By doing so you will be able to get a better understanding of his feelings towards you.

Possible reasons why a guy will quickly look away

There are a number of reasons why a guy might look at you then quickly look away and each of them would likely come with a different set of body language signals.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons that a guy might look at you then quickly look away along with the body language signals to look for.

He’s attracted to you

It will often be the case that the reason a guy will quickly look away when a woman catches him looking at her is that he was checking her out.

Since he quickly looked away it would suggest that he may have been a bit shy and didn’t want you to notice.

Alternatively, if other guys were checking you out they might smile or wink at you when you catch them looking at you.

If he was checking you out he would have likely been showing a number of other body language signals that suggest he is attracted to you.

  • Lower body pointing towards you

You might not have thought it but the lower body and especially the feet can give you a lot of information about how a person is feeling. People often learn ways to control their facial expressions to hide what they are thinking but they rarely consider what they might be showing with their lower body.

People will actually point their feet in the direction that they are thinking of going. If he is attracted to you and he was checking you out then it would be likely that he was pointing his feet in your direction.

If they were sitting with their legs crossed then they would have likely been pointing the foot on the ground in your direction along with the corresponding knee as well.

Additionally, he may point his feet upwards when he is with you and point his hips in your direction as well.

  • Touching more

If he is attracted to you then it would likely be the case that he would touch you more than others.

This means that if you notice him touching you on the arms, shoulders, waist or face often then it would signal that he is attracted to you. In addition, he might also often find excuses to touch you.

He would also likely reciprocate any touches that you give to him.

  • Glancing in your direction often

If he looked away because he was attracted to you then it would likely be the case that he would also glance in your direction often.

So, if you notice him looking at you often with the corner of your eye when he doesn’t think you can notice then that would also be a sign of attraction.

  • Getting anxious when you’re with other men

If he is attracted to you then it would also often be the case that he would get anxious when you’re around other men.

There are a number of ways that he could show that he is feeling anxious but examples can include:

  1. Rubbing the eyes, face, arms, neck or legs
  2. Tapping the feet and fingers
  3. Touching the neck
  4. Frequent blinking
  5. Fidgeting
  6. Quivering
  7. Watching you around other men to see your reaction to them
  • Pupil dilation

When people are with people that they are attracted to they will often have more dilated pupils than usual.

This means that if you notice he tends to have dilated pupils when he is around you then it would suggest that he is attracted to you.

Additionally, you would likely find that he doesn’t squint much, frown or tighten the eyebrows.

  • Proximity

If he is attracted to you then you may find that he tends to stand in the same room as you and that he tends to position himself near you.

You might also find that he tends to stand close to you when talking to you.

  • Vocal tone

When men are with women they like it has actually be found that men will speak with both a lower-pitched voice and a higher one.

This is because the lower pitch signals that they have testosterone while the higher pitch signals that they are not a threat.

If you notice that he tends to speak in a lower tone around you but he also talks in a higher pitch at times then it would suggest that he is attracted to you.

  • Gazing

When people are developing feelings towards another person they will begin to engage in gazing behavior.

This is where they hold eye contact with the person for longer.

If you notice that the guy that looked at you then quickly looked away tends to hold his gaze with you then it would suggest that he is attracted to you.

  • Mirroring

It could be the case that he will begin to mirror your behaviors.

This means that they might copy your smile, stand in a similar way to you or make similar hand gestures.

  • Rubbing behaviors

If he gets nervous around you then he might begin to engage in rubbing type behaviors designed to sooth the nerves.

This means that he might rub his nose, neck, arms, palms, upper legs or his eyes when around you.

  • Showing crotch

When he is with you or even when he was looking at you he might have been showing his crotch area. This means that he might stand with his hands on his hips and his legs apart or he might sit with them apart and his crotch facing you.

  • Talking to you more than others

If he is attracted to you then you would likely notice that he tends to talk to you more than others.

He’s mad at you

The reason that he was staring at you and then he quickly looked away when you noticed could be that he was mad at you.

If this was the case then it would be likely that you would have recently had some kind of an argument or you might have done something that he could have found annoying.

In this case, the body language signals that he would have been showing would have likely been very different to the signals if he was attracted to you.

If he was mad at you then possible body language signals that he would have been showing you can include:

  • Squinting
  • Crossed arms
  • Avoiding contact with you
  • Distancing himself from you
  • Pointing his lower body away from you
  • Pupil constriction when talking to you
  • Tight lips
  • Short replies and a lack of continuing the conversation

He was thinking

It could have just been that he was thinking and looking in your general direction and he got nervous when he noticed you looking at him

If this was the case then it would be likely that his body language would have appeared neutral.

He was submitting

If he noticed you looking at him and he suddenly looked down it could have been a submissive behavior.

If this was the case then it would be likely that he would have shown other submissive behaviors such as:

  • Making the body appear smaller
  • Laughing a lot
  • Slouching
  • Showing vulnerable areas like the neck and palms
  • Not maintaining eye contact

Consider the environment it occurred in

When thinking about why he looked at you then looked away quickly it would be helpful to consider where it happened.

If it was in a social setting where he was looking at you from across the room it would more strongly suggest that he did it due to attraction.

If it was in more of a business setting then he may have been attracted to you but he could also have been thinking about something to do with you.

Your history with him

It would also be very helpful to consider past events that have happened with the person.

If you were previously dating him it would be more likely that he was either still attracted to you or that he was thinking about what your situation might be like now.

If you had never met him then he could have been checking you out or he may have just been thinking about something.

Think about his normal behavior

When trying to make sense of a person’s body language it is very helpful to know what their normal body language looks like.

When he looked at you and looked away knowing what other parts of his body language appeared to be different would help you a lot.

If he tends to hold eye contact for a long time but he looked away quickly then it would suggest that he wasn’t in a normal emotional state.

Related

Why would a guy turn away when seeing you? This could suggest that he is mad at you. If you think that he is mad at you consider things that have recently happened that might cause him to be. It might also be that he was checking you out but you caught him.

Why does he look away quickly when seeing me? If he looks away quickly when seeing you it would suggest that he has some kind of emotional attachment to you. It might be that he is attracted to you but you make him nervous or that he is not happy with 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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