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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

546 Comments

  1. Susie Sanders

    September 6, 2018 at 1:24 am

    Me and my best guy frends have been friends for 2/3 years now and I’ve always had on and off feelings for him but we were always very close.

    In the friend group we now have he was always closest to me from the girls and is very protective and caring towards me especially. In the last year or so he has become quite flirty (especially after he broke up with his girlfriend which was a year ago) and inappropriately handsy towards me (more than a friend should be) which I found quite weird. Our friends all tell us we would make a really good couple.

    After I decided to speak to him about the way he acts sometimes, his response was that he is aware that he does give off the wrong signals but finds nothing wrong in it as we both don’t have significant others and are very flirty without any intentions. He also mentioned how he would not act the same way if he knew I had a boyfriend.

    Does that mean that he was ‘using’ me as he had no girlfriend to get that pleasure from and I was an easy target since I’m his best female friend or does he have feelings but is too stubborn to admit it?

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      His behaviors are indications that he is interested in nourishing a physical relationship with you. He is not using you, as he likely feels a strong emotional connection with you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Decide what you believe is appropriate. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Your friends believe that this relationship may be viable. Have a great day, Susie!

      • Susie Sanders

        September 8, 2018 at 12:45 am

        Thankyou for replying 🙂
        I’ve spoken to him about it numerous times but his response to me was always that he likes our friendship as it is. He’s said to one of his friends that he really likes my personality as we get along so well but that’s it. I can’t tell if he’s just scared to admit he has feelings or genuinely just wants to remain as friends.

        • web admin

          web admin

          September 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

          He has shared his thoughts and feelings with you. He is interested in maintaining your current relationship. Continue to spend additional time with him in person. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with him. You may find that your relationship will strengthen over time. Have a great day, Susie!

          • Susie Sanders

            September 9, 2018 at 12:52 am

            So should I not try and bring up the subject of our friendship/relationship to try see if he’s ever had deeper feelings for me ? What if we both have had feelings for each other but never admitted it as we are both scared of being rejected? I would have lost my chance out of fear of rejection but I could also potentially make the friendship awkward! I really don’t know what to do!

            • web admin

              web admin

              September 9, 2018 at 8:58 pm

              Your response sounds like you want to develop a relationship with this person regarding a potential future fear. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship based on the merits of your social and emotional connection with this person. Take whatever action you believe is appropriate. Ensure that you always share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, regardless of your relationship with them. Have a great day, Susie!

  2. Heidi

    September 2, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Ok so one of my friends and me are flirting all the time. One of my friends told him I liked him and he called mpletely ignored it but after he found out he started hanging out with me more and we are getting closer. DOES HE LIKE ME??

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 2, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      It is certainly possible that he is interested in nourishing a relationship with you. You shared your thoughts and feelings with him. He is now spending additional time with you. This behaviors is an indication of his feelings. Speak with him again and continue to spend time with him in person. Have a great day, Heidi!

  3. Genevieve Arena

    September 1, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Yesterday I was really mad at him because I was told he likes MY BEST FRIENDS LITTLE SISTER!!!! But at least seven or eight of his friends told me that no, he likes ME. He came to my house once over the summer And we e-mailed each other at least once a day. But know he is not even answering my e-mails, and now I don’t know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!😭😭😭😭😭

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      It seems like you may have commented twice on this one. I have to answer each comment individually, so it sometimes takes a bit for me to reply. If you do not see a response right away, don’t worry because you will! Read through my first response and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Genevieve Arena

    September 1, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Yesterday I was really mad at him because I was told he likes MY BEST FRIENDS LITTLE SISTER!!!! But at least seven or eight of his friends told me that no, he likes ME. And know I don’t know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 1, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      I would hold off and see what he does. If all of his friends think that he likes you, then he may have told you that he likes your friend’s sister because he doesn’t want you to know. It is also possible that he likes both of you or is just confused. Whatever the case, I would wait a bit before you do anything to see if he gets any easier to figure out. Good luck, Genevieve Arena!

  5. Lini

    August 28, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Yesterday I confess to my crush that I really like him (in paper). So then now all f he’s friends know that I like him and even other girls who likes him knows it. The reason I confessed bchz my friends thought I should do that and I thoght he likes me….then after he read jt he acted rlly normal like nothing even hapoened…so then he came into to class I pretended that I was reading a book and my friends said that he looked at me….es he like me or not?????? Sometimes I caught him staring at me

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 28, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. He is aware of your feelings. Perhaps attempt to spend additional time with him in person, as this will strengthen your relationship. He may be uncertain of confused about his feelings. Perhaps speak with your friends about their thoughts. Have a great day, Lini!

  6. Khera

    August 21, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I have a good friend and we are very close. We totally flirting with each other. People around us used to ask if we are couple. But both of us always left their questions hanging. A lot of sign and body language shows that he likes me. Even my friends notice that we actually more than a friend. He never admit or confess his feeling bit he did ask me if i hv crush on him and i didnt answer bcs i was confuse. Lately he always find an excuse to touch my hand or stand/sit close to me.

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 21, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      He is interested in developing a relationship with you. Your friends have shown you that they believe that the two of you are close. Determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Perhaps attempt to spend additional time with him in person, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Khera!

  7. Tara

    July 25, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I have been really good friends with a guy for the past 7 years. We went on a couple of dates when we first met but he decided that he wasn’t interested in me and from there our friendship bloomed. We’ve always gotten along great and enjoy our friendship but over the past year or so we started doing couple like things. Going to dinner, movies, day trips out of town, but we’ve never been intimate. He’s now always smiling at me and talks to me a lot at work. Outside of work I notice he leans in a lot when talking to me, sits super close to me and has even ruffled my hair while “picking” on me. I have discovered that I have feelings for him and texted asking if it would be weird if we dated. No response that day so I texted the next apologizing and asking if I weirded him out by saying that. His response was “ no you didn’t weird me out or anything, I have just been thinking about it”. I said ok and left it at that but haven’t heard anything since. That was 3 days ago. He still acts the same around me. Does he like me? Or not? I didn’t know a yes or no answer could be that complicated lol

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 26, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      He is aware of your thoughts and feelings. He is taking this time to determine what he wants for this relationship. Continue to spend additional time with him in person, as this will strengthen his feelings for you. You may want to nourish an emotional relationship with him. His feelings will likely grow for you throughout the next few weeks. Have a great day, Tara!

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