Female Body Language - Attraction And How To Tell If A Woman Likes You

Updated November 23, 2019

Reviewer Lauren Guilbeault

Body language is nonverbal communication that people use to talk with each other; it's as if our bodies are talking to each other. According to psychological experts, nonverbal cues are an extremely important part of the way that we communicate with others throughout our day. Ranging from facial expressions to the way that our body moves, we're saying a lot of things without speaking verbally.

Instead, our bodies are speaking. "Body language," which is an expression that you may have heard of before, is something that accounts for 55% of nonverbal human communication. It's important to understand that body language plays an extremely important role in how we communicate with one another. The truth is that we're communicating all of the time. Our body language helps us show if we're open or closed off, if we're comfortable or uncomfortable, or so much more. In this article, we're going to talk about how to figure out if a woman likes you based on her body language.

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How To Tell If A Woman Likes You From Her Body Language

You may be unclear as to if a woman likes you or is attracted to you. Here are some ways to figure that out. Dating is hard enough as it is, and decoding body language can be either an extra challenge or a potential asset. Sometimes, people give off mixed signals, and it's difficult regardless of what gender you are to figure out what's going on. So, based on body language, how can you tell if a woman likes you?

Due to societal conditioning, women (or feminine energies) can have a tendency to be closed off initially as well as shy, but that's not true for all women. Now, of course, all women aren't reserved or shy - many women may be very extroverted, outgoing, and open about their sexuality. If a woman is open about her sexuality, her body language might be more obvious in reflecting how she feels about you. If she's rubbing or touching your arm, that's a sign that she might be interested in you. Here are some genuine signals that show that a woman might like you:

Eye Contact

One of the biggest indicators of potential attraction is when a woman makes eye contact with you for a prolonged period of time. Looking someone in the eyes can be a very intimate act. If a woman is continually making that prolonged eye contact with you and isn't looking down or away, it's a sign that she's very interested in the conversation, is fascinated by what you're saying, and might just be into you, too. If she's looking to the side or off into the distance, it might be that she's not interested in what you're saying. However, it's important to note that if someone is shy, if they have an anxiety disorder, or if they're diagnosed with a condition such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), they might not make eye contact for other reasons and it doesn't mean that they aren't interested in you. If someone does have Autism, eye contact may be highly uncomfortable for them, for example. While everyone is different and this may vary from person to person, eye contact can be a good indicator that someone likes you.

A Woman Is Physically Close To You

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You know a woman is interested in you if she wants to be next to you physically. She may show that by bridging the gap between her physical body and hers. She wants to be near you and may lean in when you're talking or might move her face closer to you. Let's say that you're in a noisy space such as a bar or a crowded restaurant; she may lean in and move her ear so that it faces you so that she can hear what you're saying, or she might scoot closer to you. Sometimes, these actions might just be attributed to the busy location that you're in, but other times, it might be an indicator that she likes you.

She's Touching You

When a woman physically touches you, that's a strong sign that she's into you. For example, she may touch your arm, run her hand down your shoulder or up your arm, or put her hand on yours. Some people are naturally more touchy than others, but this can be a strong sign that someone likes you. It's a delicate balance; some men tend to touch people more aggressively than others and this can be uncomfortable, but if a woman makes an effort to touch you, it might very well mean that she likes you.

You See Her Smiling

If a woman smiles a lot when you're around, it can be a strong sign that she's into you. If you see her light up with a huge smile, it means that you're invoking in her happiness and joy. She wants to be around you and your energy. What we know is that people bring out both good and bad qualities in us, and if you're seeing that someone is smiling around you a lot, it likely means that they enjoy being around you and your energy.

She's Drawing Attention To Her Lips

She may lick her lips, touch her lips with her hand, or even re-apply lipgloss or lipstick. The mouth can be a very enticing and sexual place; if she's doing this around you, it could just be a habit, or it could indicate that she is attracted to you.

Arms Can Tell A Lot

When a woman is feeling open, and wants to be near you, she will not have her arms crossed. She'll stand with her arms uncrossed because that's a sign of openness. If she's facing towards you and it seems like her body is in your direction, her body is showing you that she likes you.

Playing With Her Hair

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Sometimes, people play with their hair because they're nervous. They might feel uneasy, or it could show that they like you; it could be an anxious habit. If she likes you, she might play with her hair because she is attracted to you and doesn't know what to do with that nervous energy.

What Can You Do Once You Figure Out That A Woman Likes You?

Dating isn't easy in this day and age. Once you figure out that a woman likes you, you might feel anxiety around what to do next - are you talking too much? Should you wait for her to make the first move? What's the best thing to do? The nervousness surrounding what to do once you realize that the body language is positive can be tough to handle, but there are things that you can do to ease your anxiety. There is no pressure to figure out how to talk to her right away. You need to remember that being yourself is the best thing that you can do in the situation.

It's natural to feel anxious when you're talking to somebody that you're attracted to you, and the way that you know if it's going to work out is by being natural and expressing who you are. It doesn't hurt to get some guidance from a mental health professional if you're having difficulty reading people's body language and figuring out if they like you. Going to therapy is a great way to process these feelings. In counseling you can begin to understand what's going on with you, and how you are coming across to those around you. You can get tips on how to read body language more effectively.

How Online Therapy Or Couples Counseling Can Help

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Not everybody is good at understanding and reading body language. If you're having difficulty figuring out what a woman is trying to tell you it's okay to get help. One of the goals of romantic relationships is to be able to communicate verbally and another is to understand each other nonverbally. People who are in romantic relationships for long periods of time, such as marriages, often misinterpret each other. For example, when you're having trouble understanding your partner's body language even though you have been together for a long time, there may be underlying issues in the relationship. It could be that you're misreading signs from your partner. You find that you communicate differently, and that is frustrating. It's not hopeless, and there is a solution.

You can go to couples counseling to work through this out as well as a variety of other potential issues. The couples' counselors at ReGain have a lot of experience in working with couples, and they can help you and your partner communicate both verbally and non-verbally. Maybe, you're fresh on the dating scene, and you're interested in upping your dating game by understanding female body language. This is one of the many things that you can talk about with an individual counselor at ReGain. Online counseling is a great place to speak about issues surrounding intimacy and body language so that you can get what you need in a relationship.


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