As much as we can read a good friend like a book, sometimes things get pretty unpredictable when love enters the equation.
Have you ever felt like a friend who was just a friend has more than just friends on their mind?
As hard as it can be to decipher the subtle and secret kind of love that exists when infatuation enters the picture, there are always a few clear and obvious signs that friends give away when they’re crushing on you.
And all you have to do is just watch the way they behave around you, to notice these obvious signs!
20 clear signs your friend is crushing on you
Has your friend suddenly started to act weird around you, are they texting you more or even avoiding you in public?
Have they suddenly started to care more about their appearance or who you’re romantically involved with?
If the answer is yes to any of the above, then there is a good chance that your friend is crushing on you.
But if you want to know for certain if your friend is crushing on you or not, then have a look at these telltale signs and find out for yourself!
#1 They need to get a booster on their phone contract. A big sign that your friend is crushing on you is a sudden influx of texts from them. Have they started to text you multiple times throughout the day, for no real reason other than just to catch up?
Do you often wake up to a text from them, or do they text you to say goodnight? Do you often get texts from them when they are on a night out with their own friends? If your friend can’t stop thinking about you or tries to get in touch with you even when they’re busy having fun, it’s a very good sign that you’re running circles on their mind! [Read: 15 obvious signs of flirting between a guy and a girl]
#2 They seem to have discovered what styling products are for. One of the easiest ways to tell if your friend is crushing on you is if they have suddenly started to make a big effort with their appearance, especially if they only make that effort when they know you will be there.
Take a look at their Facebook page and find pictures taken when you were not around, have they made the same effort? If the answer is no, then that could be a pretty big clue to whether they are trying to impress you or not.
#3 They always have their eyes on you. Have you noticed your friend staring at you often? If you have, then this is a clear indication of a crush, unless you have food around your mouth, that is.
You might find as well that whenever you look at them, they drop their gaze on you and look elsewhere. This embarrassing look-away shows they have an interest in you in more than just a friendly way.
#4 They could stop traffic with their face. Have you noticed your friend blushing when you talk to them? Do they often go red faced whenever they spend time with you or you are talked about? If they do, then they obviously have a crush on you, why else would they be getting so bashful? [Read: Does your friend like you? – 18 signs to decode his body language]
#5 They have suddenly become a world class comedian. Has your friend started to tease you a lot? Do they often make fun of you and point out silly mistakes that you have made, while at the same time, never hurting your feelings? This is the most common sign of attraction.
#6 They avoid you in public. Has your friend suddenly started to keep their distance from you, when you are out with friends? And when you are alone with them, do they behave in an overfriendly manner again? This could be a sign that they don’t want their friends to be aware of the fact that they have a crush on you.
#7 They treat your love life like a celebrity magazine. Has your friend unexpectedly started to take an interest in your love life? Do they want to know everything that is going on, like whom you like and who likes you? Do they ever show signs of being jealous when you talk about people you like? If they do, then you most definitely have a crush on your hands.
#8 They could win a game of don’t blink. Has your friend started to make more eye contact with you than usual? Do they listen intently to what you have to say, without dropping their gaze?
Do you find them trying to make eye contact with you when you’re across the room from each other? If the answer is yes, then the least this means is that they really like you. [Read: 10 eye contact flirting moves that you’d notice when someone likes you]
#9 They have turned into your mirror. Have you noticed your friend mirroring your body language? A common sign of attraction is imitation, and people often mirror those they are attracted to, without even realizing they are doing it.
So if your friend has started to mirror your behaviour or the words you use all of a sudden, then it could be that they are attracted to you.
#10 They like to introduce you to new things. When people have an attraction to another person, they often want to share details about their life with them. They want to share new things, in the hopes that the one they are attracted to, will pick them out above the rest.
So if your friend has started sharing more about their life with you, then it could be an indicator that *worst case scenario* they want to be good friends or way more! [Read: How to know if the two of you are just friends or way more!]
#11 They like to surprise you. Does your friend like to surprise you with little treats or gifts? Do they often stop by your favorite pastry shop, to pick something up for you? Do they constantly recommend songs and books that you might like? Do they seem to go out of their way to please you? If they do, then you know there must be a reason behind it.
#12 They are available whenever you are. Does your friend show up to everything you invite them to? And at other times, has this friend always tried to support you or stand by you even when there’s no need for it? If they have a crush on you, then they will want to spend as much time as possible with you, so they will always make time to come to anything you have arranged. [Read: Are both of you just hanging out or is it a date?!]
#13 They speak highly about you to their friends. Have you ever met any of their friends? Do they seem to know a lot about you? Do they seem to like you straight away? If the answer is yes, then it could be because your friend has been talking about you, and this friend wouldn’t have been talking about you unless you were on their mind.
#14 They compliment you even in unflattering moments. Does your friend compliment you when you’re in your sweat pants, looking all ruffled and tired? Do they try to make you feel better when you are feeling low? Have they ever told you that you look good, especially after a breakup or a fight with your own lover?
Do they seem to go out of their way to pick something nice to say to you? They wouldn’t be going through all that effort if they didn’t like you.
#15 They have gone all bashful. Has your friend become shy around you? Do they seem to be on edge whenever you are left alone together? Have they stopped laughing at jokes that at one point would have had them in creases?
If your friend has become abruptly shy around you, or overly chivalrous and dignified, then there will be a reason, the most probable one being that they have crush on you. [Read: I’m in love with my best friend… what next?]
#16 They feel your pain. Does your friend get angry or upset when something affects you negatively? Do they often want to hurt those who have hurt you? Do you find that, at times, your friend cares more about the messy situation you’re in, than you do? If the answer is yes, then they clearly care a lot about you, and that could be because of the crush they have on you.
#17 They go out of their way for you. Does your friend ever go above and beyond for you? Have they ever done things for you that clearly don’t fit within the expectations of a just-a-friend description? Do they often take it upon themselves to help you, even if it means that they are putting themselves out of their way for you? If the answer is yes, then they clearly have a crush on you.
#18 They are polite and considerate. Has your friend suddenly become really polite and considerate? If the answer is yes, then they might be trying to impress you. They wouldn’t be doing that unless they like you more than they are letting on. [Read: 15 ways to text a girl and flirt with her subtly]
#19 They laugh at all your jokes. Have you suddenly become the funniest person in the world to your friend? Do they laugh at jokes that even you know suck? Your friend may just be trying to hide the fact that they have a crush on you. [Read: 11 flirty ways to text a guy and let him know you like him]
#20 A hug type of person. Has your friend turned into a hug monster? Have you noticed them touching you more than normal? Do they put themselves into close proximity to you, whenever they can? If they have a crush on you, but are too scared to tell you, then they might try to reach out for whatever closeness they can get from you. [Read: The secret behind flirty touches and body contact, and how it really works]
You might find that not all of these unmistakable signs are relevant to you. But even if you can pick out four or five of the signs in this list, there’s a good chance that your friend has a crush on you.
Use these 20 signs your friend is crushing on you to know the truth even when your friend tries to hide it. But of course, the only way to know for sure is to ask them. And if you decide to do that, then good luck!
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