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Does he want to be just friends? Or does he want something more? You might think you need a Ph. Gian Gonzaga, a doctor of philosophy, has pored over this very subject. Gonzaga — who is also the senior director of research and development at eHarmony Labs, an organization that studies human relationships and is funded by the popular dating site — revealed to Self that heterosexual men often default to thinking women are into them — even when they really aren't.
The expert was also able to decrypt some of the things men do when they desire something more than friendship. From how long he takes to text you back to the amount of detail he pays in your conversation to even his body language, guys tend to have certain tells, according to Gonzaga. But, often times, it's a whole lot easier to spot these more overt romantic als than it is to notice the subtle s he displays when he only wants to be your friend.
If you're having trouble figuring out what he wants, you'll want to keep reading. If you and your guy friend only hang out in groups, there's a good chance you're in the friend zone, according to Clinton Power — a clinical relationship counselor, couples therapist, and founder of Clinton Power and Associates in Sydney, Australia. This is especially true if he has turned solo invites into group outings. Claudia Cox, relationship expert and founder of Text Weapon , agrees. You may be able to tell if a guy is into you by simply watching his eyes.
A study conducted by researchers at Wellesley College and the University of Kansas tracked the eye movements of over a hundred heterosexual undergr as they looked over photos of men and women. At the same time, researchers asked the participants if they were interested in either friending or dating the person in the picture.
When the male and female participants had a date in mind, they frequently looked at the head or chest of the individual in the photo. However, when the men and women desired friendship, they frequently looked at the legs or feet of the individual. The same person who makes a highly desirable friend may not make a good mate," Angela Bahns, the study's co-author and an assistant professor of psychology, explained. It sounds strange, but, if a guy is fixated on your feet, he probably has friendship in mind. Choosing to put yourself out there and make the first move can be intimidating.
You might find that your advance is accepted or, conversely, you might find yourself getting rejected. If the latter happens, there's a good chance you and your friend won't be transitioning into dating territory anytime soon. If you're getting mixed als — as mentioned above — you'll want to pay attention to how he treats you in relation to his bros. If "he greets you, interacts with you, and says goodbye to you pretty much the same way he does his guy friends," you're likely just one of his pals, Rob Mack , life and celebrity love coach featured on E!
A Relationship Epiphany and former dating advice columnist for Examiner. When speaking to The List , the expert said you're just friends if "he treats you like one of the guys. It's hard to find anyone who doesn't lead a legitimately busy life these days, but, at the same time, how many of us haven't used "busy" as a catch-all excuse to get out of something we didn't want to do?
If the guy you're interested in is always busy, this is a good that he's not open to being in a relationship with you. His schedule is perpetually full and he is conveniently indisposed whenever your schedule is open," Stacey Herrera, intimacy expert and founder of The Sensuality Project , revealed in an interview with The List. She continued, saying, "You might notice that he's rarely too busy to text, but is never free to talk.
If that's the case, Herrera confirmed, "You've been friend-zoned. If you're interested in one of your friends, be wary if he brings up his ex nonstop. Although it's never really a great when a guy obsessively mentions his former flame, relationship therapist Jamie Turndorf recommends talking out the situation if it's bothering you. Does he feel angry?
This is a frustrating truth if you're looking for more than a friendship. Even if he doesn't openly discuss other women with you, you should pay attention to those eyes of his. Claudia Cox, relationship expert and founder of Text Weapon , told The List to take notice if he "blatantly checks out other women when he's with you.
Cox agrees that it can be "hard to stomach," but she said "if you find he has a [wandering] eye and is having a hard time concentrating on your conversation even though you are looking and acting the part " then you should take this as "a huge he's not interested in you" and move on.
If you're looking to flee the friend zone, you can test the waters by complimenting the friend in question. If he's into you, you should expect to receive some compliments too. But, if he's not interested in you as more than a friend, Power said you might just receive "a stilted 'thanks' and an averted gaze. He added, "[But] if a man doesn't even seem to notice you are a woman, he's not attracted to you nor romantically interested in you. If your guy friend starts giving you opinions on how you could change up your look or style, this is a pretty clear indication that he's not into you in a romantic sense.
How much effort a man puts into his appearance can speak volumes. Relationship expert and Text Weapon creator Claudia Cox said this is something to be aware of. If "he doesn't pay attention to his grooming style" before you hang out, this could be an indication that your relationship is merely destined for eternal friendship. They want to look and feel sexy, especially around women they are attracted to," the expert explained.
However, it seems guys don't care as much about their appearance when around women they view as friends. While we'd really prefer it if all guys, regardless of their intentions, would shower prior to hanging out with us, this is indeed an easily discernible clue you can use to figure out if he's into you. Just follow your nose. When a guy keeps his distance, relationship expert Claudia Cox explained to The List , he may want to just be friends. However, a man who's not interested is not only going to maintain boundaries when it comes to physical touch.
Allen Wagner , a Los Angeles-based marriage and family therapist specializing in couples and relationships, revealed to The List that these boundaries will come in various forms. Men who are looking for friendship will confine meet-ups to "daytime coffees or activities" and avoid "late night outings that involve looking sexy or provide the opportunity for sexual tension.
In this unique dynamic, Wagner revealed that the person who just wants to be friends often verbalizes "the platonic nature of the relationship, maybe referring to the person as a brother or sister. The reverse is also true. This is especially the case, the expert explained, "if he offers to set you up with someone else he knows.
So, no, this is not some unusual way of flirting — and the reasoning behind this is pretty clear. Raise your hand if you've ever waited around for your friendship with a guy to advance to something more — only to later discover he'd started dating someone else.
And how many of us then kept on waiting despite receiving the biggest red flag in the history of ever? By the way, thanks rom-coms for making us think this was somehow a good idea. Regardless of what you may be thinking at the time, when your romantic interest starts seeing someone else, it's apparent that he really, truly is only looking for a friendship with you.
He added, "Instead of waiting or forcing things to change, the high road is to be a good friend. To do that, you will need to deal with your own feelings of rejection, sadness, and loss without involving the other person. You always hang out in groups Shutterstock. He looks at your He doesn't return physical contact Shutterstock. He's always "busy" Shutterstock. He goes on and on about his ex Shutterstock. He brings up or checks out other women Shutterstock. He thanks you for compliments, but doesn't return them Shutterstock. He suggests changes to your appearance Shutterstock.
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