5 signs someone has a crush on you — even if it doesn’t seem like it

Having a crush is a familiar feeling we can all relate to. The nervous energy, spikes of excitement, and romance-inspired daydreams. Who hasn’t spent hours and hours of time wondering if their crush likes them back, and the rest of the time trying to play it cool? We’ve all been there, and, honestly, that uneasy sensation of not knowing if the feeling is mutual is literally the worst. Get ready to breathe a sigh of relief, though, because people do give off subtle signals when they’re into you. Look out for these 5 signs someone has a crush on you, and maybe use one or two of them to show your crush you feel it, too.

A change in behavior

If someone has a crush on you, they will definitely act differently around you than they do with other people. This could mean playground stuff like them suddenly losing all their confidence and charisma, tripping and stumbling, or becoming a giggly mess. This could also mean more subtle changes like them being generally more enthusiastic whenever you’re around. You can also expect someone that has a crush on you to treat you differently than they treat other people. They will maybe start to laugh at your jokes more, smile widely at everything you say, or be much more engaged in anything that has to do with you. You might even be able to detect the shift when someone’s feelings for you changed from “friend” to “more than” based on how they act around you and towards you.

5 signs someone has a crush on you — even if it doesn’t seem like it

It’s all about proximity

Someone that has a crush on you will make a point to be physically close to you whenever possible. They might stand next to you even if they’re not talking to you, or hover nearby. Think of it like the moon and Earth: you become like the Earth to the person with a crush on you, with them being drawn to you almost like a gravitational pull. You might notice that they will try and shift their location to be close to you whenever you enter a room, just like the moon revolves around the Earth’s movements. However, this proximity doesn’t necessarily mean that your crush will engage with you directly. In fact, just because they’re standing near you doesn’t mean that they will look straight at you or make eye contact with you.

extended convos

Remember the feeling of trying to keep a conversation going with your crush when you were a kid? Hoping that they respond with a question or a comment that would spark more discussion and dreading a remark that would signal the end of the conversation. That feeling doesn’t go away! Someone that has a crush on you will always try and keep conversations going as long as possible, whether they’re hoping to woo you with words, are trying to learn more about you, or are simply enjoying your company. If you’re not sure if someone likes you or not, subtly try and end a conversation. If they try to keep it going by asking another question or starting a new topic, they might have a crush on you.

A gaze of longing

Usually when someone stares at you it’s the creepiest, grossest feeling ever. But, on the other hand, when someone has a crush on you, they will often stare at you as much as they can! They could be just taking in your attractiveness, standing in awe of your charisma, or might be lost in a daydream of your future marriage, children and happily ever after. Instead of getting creeped out by a stare, take it as a cue of interest. Try giving them a little smile or even a wink (if you dare) to show them you’re interested, too.

5 signs someone has a crush on you — even if it doesn’t seem like it

You’re the coolest, maybe ever

An easy-to-spot sign of a crush is when a person is super impressed by you. When someone has a crush on you, they can’t help but compliment your looks, accomplishments, activities, or even interests. You might find that they want to know everything about you and are totally impressed by details of your life. “You have a goldfish? OMG, I LOVE goldfish!” “You’re crushing that soccer game!” “I honestly am floored that you went to school there, you must be so smart!”