12 Signs a Guy Likes You But Won’t Admit it

By on September 26, 2016

The really crazy and confusing thing about when you catch feelings for someone is the fact that many of us try to hide it. We go through so much trouble just to keep the person we really like from finding out the truth about how we feel.

Why do we do this?

The truth is, pretty much every single human being has a fear of rejection. Those that claim they don’t are just very, very skilled at hiding this feeling. The fear of being rejected can cause us to hold onto our feelings and never reveal it to the person we care most about.

The horrible thing about this is that we can miss out on the best things by just keeping our feeling hidden. Wouldn’t you rather admit how you’re feeling with the chance of something great happening than to hold onto your feelings with the certainty that nothing will?

Most guys would rather chance the latter and it can be really frustrating – especially if you actually like them! However, there are signs that can give away just how a guy is feeling about you even if he won’t admit it himself. Here’s how to tell if a guy likes you but won’t admit it.


  1. He stares at you often.

If a guy likes you, he’s going to look at you a lot because he finds you attractive. He also will be looking at you a lot because he wants to notice everything about you and your little quirks. However, when you see him staring and he turns away, this is a sign he likes you but just won’t admit it. He never wants you to notice how much he’s looking.

  1. He starts conversations with you but keeps them short.

If he’s the one to always start your conversations and always the first person to try and talk to you, but he always keeps them short, like he’s trying to avoid going into a lot of detail, this is a sign he likes you but just doesn’t want to admit it. When a guy starts the conversations but then abruptly stops them, it’s because he doesn’t want you to know just how much he wants to talk with you.

  1. He remembers all the special occasions in your life.

If he’s texting you happy birthday and asking how your big interview went and basically commenting on any day that has importance to you, he likes you. The difficult part about this is that it’s a clear sign he cares about your day, but it also signifies that he doesn’t want to admit he likes you because he’s keeping it very friendly.


  1. He tries to cheer you up when you’re visibly upset.

This is a huge sign that a guy likes you. If he’s a person to try and make you feel better when you feel sad or upset, he really likes you. However, when he does this and then kind of backs off and doesn’t push you to feel better, that’s because he doesn’t want to admit just how much he likes you.

  1. He asks personal questions about you.

No guy is going to want to know your favorite dessert or your all time life goals if he doesn’t care about you. If he likes you, he’ll want to know everything really personal about you. He’ll start asking all about your childhood and all your interests. But if he does this in a way that seems like he has a reason to ask these questions, it’s because he won’t admit he likes you.


  1. He double texts you.

This is a big sign that a guy likes you but is easily hidden by the fact that you can’t prove it just by a double text. If you don’t know what that is, it’s when you get two or more texts in a row from him without having replied to any. This just means that he really wants to talk to you and wants to get your attention.

  1. He gives you low-key compliments.

When a guy compliments your looks, he’s being obvious that he likes you. But if he compliments your personality or your interests in a way that makes you confused if it really was just a compliment, then he likes you but doesn’t want to admit that he does. He’s hiding the fact that he does but he also can’t help NOT complimenting you on something.

  1. He asks if you’ll be at parties/events.

If you have the same friend group and know of the same parties or events that are happening and he always asks if you’ll be attending them, he likes you but just won’t admit it. He’s not asking you to go to those parties with him because he’s trying to hid that he likes you, but he also really wants to know if you’ll be there so he can be prepared properly.

  1. He acts like he likes you, but never talks about his feelings.

If there’s a guy that’s always complimenting you and following you around and talking to you all the time but never, ever talks about himself or how he’s feeling, it’s because he just won’t admit that he has feelings for you. Some guys make the conversations all about you so they can determine just how much they do like you, but they withhold information about themselves so they don’t give away their feelings for you.


  1. His friends tell you he likes you.

This is a huge giveaway that a guy likes you but won’t admit it himself. If his friends are secretly going up to you and telling you about how much their friend likes you, it’s a clear sign that he does. This happens very often because his friends really want him to make a go for it, but he’s just too stubborn to admit his own feelings. If this happens to you, then it’s safe to assume that he really does like you.

  1. He denies it when you ask him.

If you’ve ever tried to approach a guy and ask if he likes you and he immediately gets embarrassed and even denies the entire thing, it’s clear that he just doesn’t want to admit it. For whatever reason he has an issue with his feelings for you and might even not be ready for a relationship. If you’re confident he likes you but he says he doesn’t, then he might not be ready to tell you how he feels just yet.


  1. He tries to hang out with you alone.

If you’re at a party and you always seem to be talking to JUST him and he slyly made it so the two of you are alone, then he might really like you but just not want to admit it. Another sign is if you plan on going on a group outing and everyone ends up canceling but him and HE is the one who arranged the whole thing, it may be because he never even told the others to come.

Guys that don’t admit their feelings are always really frustrating. However, they usually have a good reason for doing so. But if you notice any of the signs above when talking with a guy you know, it could mean he likes you but just won’t admit it.


  1. Abby

    May 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Okay so this guy and I go to school together and at the beginning of the year a couple of friends told me he liked me. I was interested so I began talking to him but I didn’t want to become anything serious yet. I think that he was under the impression that we were more than just friends and was hurt when I began a “thing” with another guy. A couple months after I had ended this with the other boy, the old guy drunkly told me he loves me more than a friend and didn’t understand why we were dating. I didn’t know what else to say besides: “I just don’t feel the same way”. Then we stopped talking at school until a couple months ago where we started becoming better friends. He has a flirty personality so I never know what to think with him. Recently I realized I have deeper feelings than just being friends and I told him how I feel and he said that he isn’t looking for anything right now and likes our friendship the way it is. I respected that but I feel like he has feelings but then again I don’t know. We text every night and he always asks if I’m talking to other guys and asks things about hookups. He asked if I was planning on hooking up with people over the summer and whenever I stop responding at night he texts me a couple times in a row saying how I should stay up and talk to him. I am just really confused by his mixed signals.

    • Abby

      May 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      *to correct he didn’t understand why we weren’t dating

      • web admin

        web admin

        May 28, 2017 at 9:43 am

        Don’t worry–I understood. Thanks for commenting, Abby, and good luck!

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 28, 2017 at 9:43 am

      It sounds like he likes you, but he was hurt when you started dating someone else. He may have thought that you were more of an item with him, or he may have just expected you to wait for him. Whatever the case, it sounds like he likes you and just doesn’t want to take your relationship to the next level.

  2. kim bum

    May 20, 2017 at 5:17 am

    There is a guy we learn at the same school he does much of things that are listed above but he completely ignore me but with my best friend he chats,talk to her and start conversation but me he only stares at me and want to talk but keep it short . Ignorance is the basic thing he does know but I am scared that I might get to another before knowing that he likes me or not and please help me to know whether he likes me or not

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      There is no way to know just yet. Ignoring you could be because he likes your friend instead or it could mean he likes you and is too shy to talk to you. I would try to talk to him more and flirt a bit to see how he responds. Best of luck, Kim Bum!

  3. Rachel

    May 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    There is this guy and he really doesn’t do much of the stuff on this list but I’m almost sure he likes me. It’s so hard to tell tho because he barely shows any change in emotion. Today I could tell something was wrong and when I asked he actually told me. That was the first change. Then he said “the person I like is dating a decent person so that kind of sucks…” we go to a pretty small school and I’m dating someone the this guy is friends with. He hates all of our other friends boyfriends and anyone who he would like other than people in our group aren’t dating anyone. He also said that the person has blue eyes and out of all his possible crushes i am the only one with blue eyes. I just can’t figure it out tho cause he really does act like he likes me. He acts like we r buddies and that’s it. Help!

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

      It sounds like he likes you. If you are in a relationship though, you should not do anything about it–you don’t want to cause drama in your own relationship, and it would be hard for him to trust you if you left another guy to be with him. If you are single in the future though, go for it! It sounds like he really likes you and is just holding off on doing anything out of respect for your relationship. Good luck, Rachel!

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