Last updated on Jun 10th, 2021 at 04:52 pm

Noticing the signals that men send out with their body language is a very useful social skill. Some of us can read it naturally, whilst others are notoriously oblivious. Fortunately, with a little extra attentiveness, you can learn to read his body language, and with enough practice it’ll become second nature.
1.  Pay attention to how close he stands or sits to you
The closer he is to you, the closer he feels to you. If you move slightly closer and he moves further away, it means he doesn’t want your interaction to be any more personal than it already is â?? if he doesnâ??t move, then heâ??s receptive. In addition, if he responds by moving closer, then he probably really likes you and feels comfortable with you.
It is worth noting that personal space is culturally fluid, so bear in mind that what is considered close in one country is far away in another.
2.  Watch his head position

  • Overly tilted heads are a potential sign of sympathy, however when accompanied by a smile he could be either playful or even flirting.

  • A lowered head indicates a reason to hide something. It could mean he’s shy, ashamed, timid, unsure, or thinking to himself. Note that some cultures see this as a sign of respect.

  • If he cocks his head with eye, eyebrow, or mouth gestures, it means he is confused or is challenging. On the other hand when coupled with a smile, a tilted head will mean that he genuinely likes you and is engaged in playful conversation.

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3.  Look into his eyes

  • A man who cannot maintain eye contact is either nervous, lying, distracted, distrustful, or unconvinced. If he looks down at the floor a lot, he is probably shy or timid. Some cultures, however, believe that looking people in the eye is a sign of disrespect. If he does maintain extra long eye contact, he’s either very confident or in love with you.

  • Dilated pupils mean that he is interested. Be warned, however, that many drugs, such as alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, LSD, etc., cause pupils to dilate.

  • A ‘glazing over’ look in his eyes usually indicates that he is deep in thought, not listening, or simply bored.

4.  See if he mirrors you
If he mirrors, or mimics your appearance, then it’s a very genuine sign that he is interested in you and is trying to establish rapport. Try changing your body position occasionally to see whether he mirrors your movements.
5.  Check his arms

  • People with crossed arms are closing themselves off from social influence. Though some men just cross their arms as a habit, it may indicate that he is reserved or uncomfortable with his appearance. Crossing his arms while his feet are shoulder width or wider apart is a position of toughness or authority.

  • If he rests his arms behind his neck or head, he is open to the discussion or just laid back.

  • If his hands are on his hips, he might be waiting or impatient.

  • If his hands are closed or clenched, he may be irritated, angry, or nervous.

6.  Be aware of nervous gestures

  • If he brushes his hair back with his fingers, he might be preening â?? either he likes you, or his thoughts conflict with yours.

  • If he wears glasses, and is constantly pushing them up onto his nose again and frowning, that may also indicate that he disagrees with what you are saying.

  • Lowered eyebrows and squinted eyes illustrate an attempt to understand what is being said or going on â?? he’s usually sceptical. If he frowns or raises his eyebrows, you can be pretty sure that he disagrees with you.

  • If he stares deeply into space then he’s probably thinking deeply about the past or he could be thinking of you.

  • A quick involuntary facial twitch might mean something is irritating, exciting, or amusing him.

7.  Watch his feet

  • A fast tapping, shifting of weight, laughing, or movement of the foot will often mean he’s impatient, excited, nervous, or intimidated. Note though that some people with ADHD can’t help shuffling their legs.

  • Sitting feet crossed at the ankles means heâ??s generally at ease.

  • If, when standing, he always seems to keep his feet very close together, he’s probably trying to be ‘proper’.

  • If he purposely touches his feet with yours, he’s definitely flirting!

  • Check if his feet are pointing at you â?? some men may point their feet in the direction of their interest.


Do not judge a person solely by their body language â?? observe in context and pay special attention to changes in body language rather than the body language itself.

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