Top 12 Signs That He's Sexually Attracted To You

Updated February 27, 2024by Regain Editorial Team

Sexual attraction is so much more than just physical chemistry. it is a complex mix of body language, eye contact, and subtle cues that can tell you if someone is interested in getting to know you better. 

But how do you know when those signs are actually there?

It can be hard to read the situation correctly, but by paying attention to some key signs of attraction, it becomes easier to determine whether or not a potential partner is interested in you. This article will help you to identify the top 12 signs that he's sexually attracted to you, plus a few tips and tricks to show him that you are interested, too.

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Misinterpreting Friendly Behavior as Sexual Attraction

Have you ever found yourself mistakenly thinking someone was interested in you romantically when they were actually just being friendly? it is a common misconception that can lead to awkward situations and hurt feelings. The key to avoiding misinterpreting friendly behavior as sexual attraction is to learn how to identify the boundaries between being friendly and being interested in someone in a more intimate way. 

Friendly behavior can include things like light touching, compliments, and small talk. While these can be signs of romantic interest, they don't necessarily have to be. You should pay attention to body language and other cues to decipher whether someone is just being friendly or if they are interested in taking things to the next level.

Sexual attraction is often a physical desire, but it can also be a mental or emotional feeling. When a potential partner is attracted to you, they may show it in a variety of ways. Knowing the difference between friendly behavior and sexual attraction helps to ensure that you aren't mistakenly pursuing someone who doesn't have an interest in you, as well as preventing any uncomfortable situations that might arise from misinterpreting someone's intentions.

Let's look at some of the top signs that indicate someone is sexually attracted to you.

1. Prolonged Eye Contact

When someone is interested in you, they may maintain prolonged eye contact. Eye contact is often an intimate way of showing someone that you are interested. If they hold your gaze for a few seconds more than normal, then it could be a sign that they are sexually attracted to you.

Research from Frontiers in Psychology illustrates that a partner's direct gaze is often associated with positive feelings, even if it is just a fleeting moment. The same study found that prolonged eye contact can lead to increases in affective arousal, indicating that eye contact can help to build feelings of attraction.

2. Mirroring Your Movements and Actions

Mirroring occurs when one person copies the actions of another person in order to show them they understand and relate to them. If someone is mirroring your movements, like crossing their legs when you do or copying the way you gesture with your hands, then it is likely they are sexually attracted to you.

3. Initiating Physical Contact

When someone finds you attractive, they may find excuses to touch you in a non-threatening way. This kind of touch could be as simple as a hug or pat on the back or even just brushing against you in passing.

Scientific studies illustrate that our bodies release oxytocin, the "love hormone," in response to stimulation of the skin. Oxytocin helps us to form strong emotional bonds with others, so any physical contact that someone initiates could be a sign that they want to take things further.

4. Complimenting You Frequently

Giving compliments is a great way to show someone you are interested in them, and compliments can also be a sign that someone is sexually attracted to you. If they are paying extra attention to your appearance or complimenting you often, then it could mean they are looking for an excuse to be closer to you.

5. Leaning In When They Talk

When someone leans in towards you when you talk, it is a sign that they are interested in what you have to say and want to get closer to you. Personal space is something that people usually value, so when someone is willing to breach those boundaries, it could mean they are attracted to you.

6. Being Polite and Courteous

If someone is polite and courteous when they talk to you, it could be a sign that they are interested in you. People who are attracted to each other often try to put their best foot forward and make a good impression. If someone goes out of their way to make sure you are comfortable or listens carefully to what you have to say, then it could mean they are interested in more than just friendship.

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7. Having Open Body Language

Open body language is a great way to determine whether someone is interested in you or not. If they are standing with an open posture or facing you directly, with their arms uncrossed, it could mean that they are trying to show you that they are open and interested.

8. Asking Questions and Showing Interest

People who are interested in each other often ask questions to learn more about one another. If someone is constantly asking questions, or trying to make conversation with you, then it is likely that they are attracted to you. However, it is important to remember that not all questions are necessarily sexual in nature, so it is best to make sure they're asking genuine questions before jumping to conclusions.

9. Flirting and Joking Around

Flirting is a great way to show someone you are interested in them, as it helps to break the ice and can be incredibly flattering. Flirtatious behavior often includes teasing and joking around, which can be fun as long as it remains light-hearted and doesn't cross any boundaries.

10. Gestures or Behaviors

If someone goes out of their way to take care of you in small ways, then it could mean that they want to make sure you are taken care of.

11. Recalling Details from Previous Conversations

If someone is recalling details from previous conversations, chances are they are paying close attention to you and trying to make a connection. This kind of behavior indicates that they want to get to know you better and show you that they remember what you have said.

12. Initiating Contact or Making Plans

If someone takes the extra step to initiate contact with you or takes it upon themselves to make plans, it often indicates that they are interested in taking the relationship to the next level. Putting themselves out there by contacting you or making plans often shows genuine interest in getting to know you better.

No matter what the signs may be, it is always important to make sure that both parties involved in a situation are comfortable with how things are progressing. Communication is vital when it comes to navigating most relationships, so make sure to talk openly and honestly about your feelings before moving forward.

Mutual consent should also be established in any relationship, whether it is platonic or romantic. If both parties are happy with the level of intimacy and respect being shown, then the relationship can progress naturally.

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Trusting Your Intuition

Sometimes it takes a little more than just observing physical signs to determine if someone is interested in you. Trusting your intuition can help you make decisions and feel confident in your choices.

If you find that when making a decision about someone, something inside of you feels off or uneasy, it is best to pay attention to those feelings. Your intuition often knows what's best for you and can alert you to potential issues or red flags.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or have questions about navigating relationships and what signs to look out for, online therapy might be a great option to explore. It can help you manage stress and gain insight into how to best approach relationships while providing you with the tools to make decisions that are best for you.

Recent research indicates online therapy may be as effective as in-person therapy and can be more convenient. In fact, mental health experts have developed a significant body of literature on the efficacy of telehealth interventions for various mental health and psychosocial concerns.

As you explore your feelings and assess signs of interest, you may learn to recognize behaviors that signal someone likes you. Being mindful and aware of your relationships can help bring clarity, understanding, and hopefully a little bit of joy too.


Sexual attraction is comprised of many different levels of intimacy and can be expressed in a variety of ways. People may display both verbal and nonverbal behaviors that indicate they are interested in getting to know you better.

When you recognize the small signals that someone likes you, it can help you gain confidence and clarity in many types of relationships. Online therapy can also provide support and guidance to help you best navigate your feelings about a potential connection.

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