Humans are social animals; we evolved as a group, which means social cues are built into our brains. So the easiest and first signs people give when they feel attracted to someone, whether they’re even aware of that or not, are often purely physical.
Some people are good at masking them, some people can fake them, and some others don’t do them at all. But knowing what to look for can help you figure out whether this one person is just being friendly or is actually into you. This is an important skill to have since it can save you from really sticky situations.
Maybe a coworker started showing signs that they like you, or perhaps it’s a dear friend. Either way, missing these signs can lead to messy situations or missed opportunities.
You could maybe tell from the name that mirroring behavior is when someone copies your moves, tone of voice, and general attitude.
We’re not talking about contagious yawning, but more like mirroring your facial expression, hand positions, and most notably, posture.
Ever noticed yourself moving things on the table aside while having a meaningful conversation? Our brains automatically do this behavior when we want to focus on what’s being said.
While we do this with people we’re not interested in romantically, it’s usually only done while discussing critical topics. So when you see someone doing that while you’re talking about your favorite restaurant or how you’re feeling, it’s probably a huge cue that they like you.
Body Direction and Angling
Body direction is probably one of the first body language signs that became widely known— thanks to crime TV shows like CSI. The direction that someone’s feet, belly button or chest, and shoulders face can be very telling.
If their whole body is facing you, that means they’re giving you their utmost attention and are comfortable around you. On the other hand, if their feet or body is directed closer to the exit or open space, it means they might be uncomfortable or just about ready to leave.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re disinterested in you, though. When it comes to body angles, it’s crucial to consider the environment you’re in.
Maybe you’re in a loud place, and they want to go somewhere quieter. Perhaps they’re physically exhausted and need to go home and rest but choose to be with you despite what their body is telling them.
Another sign is the angle at which people stand. For example, a torso leaning towards you, head tilted to the side while looking at you or tilted in your direction, or a neck extended closer to you. These are all signs that this person is interested in you.