21 Awkward Signs a Girl is Intimidated by You & What to Do About It

The ladies tend to back away from you, and you want to know how to make them more comfortable. Here are the signs a girl is intimidated by you.

signs a girl is intimidated by you

Many times, women are intimidating to men, but on the rare occasion, it’s the other way around. And when that happens, women can freeze up. When a man is intimidating, there’s not a good way for a lot of women to maneuver around. They become nervous, and they can’t think of anything to say. Sometimes it’s like they literally become an entirely different person. And that’s one way to know one of the signs a girl is intimidated by you.

[Read: 25 badass traits that make any guy ridiculously intimidating]

What does it mean when a girl says she finds you intimidating? 

The word “intimidating” can mean a lot of different things to different people. What one person finds intimidating, another person might love.

One girl might find it amazing that you’re rich, but another might not. Or, one might find the fact that you’re outgoing and good-looking a huge advantage, while others will find it scary.

So, it’s difficult to really give a good answer to what it means when a girl says she finds you intimidating. However, if girls think you’re intimidating, it’s probably because a lot of them think you’re too good for them. And that happens with a lot of girls.

Unfortunately, a lot of them judge themselves too harshly, and that can lead to them being easily intimidated. [Read: 44 tips and examples to flirt with a girl over text and leave her smiling]

The obvious signs a girl is intimidated by you

Just because you are reading this feature, you are also thinking… why would a girl be intimidated by a guy? You might not think you’re particularly intimidating at all. But we will discuss a lot of the reasons and signs that a woman is intimidated by you.

If you’re a guy who is wondering why they can’t snag a meaningful relationship, maybe it’s not the woman you have to worry about. Maybe it’s actually because you’re simply intimidating.

Do you mean to be intimidating? Maybe, maybe not. But the point is, it’s preventing you from meeting a woman. So, now, it’s about looking at yourself so you can see the signs a woman is intimidated by you. [Read: How to think like a woman and get the girl you desire]

Sometimes, it really is you.

1. You look unapproachable 

Maybe you’re a big guy or maybe you’re always sitting with a frown on your face and your arms crossed. That doesn’t look very approachable, does it? Probably not.

Sometimes you don’t notice how unapproachable you actually look, and this is hurting your relationships with women. Uncross your arms, slap a smile on your face, and relax.

2. She tells you

One of the best signs that a girl is intimidated by you is when she tells you! Women sometimes will jokingly tell you that they find you intimidating, but that’s no joke. She finds you intimidating. Period.

You can’t actually get a larger sign than receiving actual confirmation that you’re an intimidating person. Now, it’s your job to ask her why. [Read: How to read people – 12 secrets to figure anyone out instantly]

3. She avoids eye contact with you

If a woman can’t look at you in the eyes, there’s a reason why. People only avoid eye contact when they’re nervous and uncomfortable.

If she’s avoiding eye contact with you, it’s because you scare the shit out of her. Why is she hanging around you? Well, that’s a whole other question.

4. You visibly look bored with flat conversation

When you look highly disinterested in the conversation that’s happening between you and a woman, you look intimidating.

For example, imagine if the person you’re talking to is literally yawning?

Obviously, you’d think it’s because of you. So, if you’re looking like you’d rather be shoveling shit than speaking to this person… you’re intimidating. [Read: How to not be boring – The art of keeping your dates exciting]

5. She tends to misunderstand you

She doesn’t understand who you are or what you’re about. Okay, maybe she does, but she doesn’t want to accept it. Your honesty is perceived as some sort of game. But in reality, you’re being yourself.

Women who are intimidated by you try to view you differently in order to accept you. But they’re really not accepting you, they just don’t know how to handle you. That’s another one of the big signs that a girl is intimidated by you.

6. You have no problem saying “no” 

It’s actually one of the easiest words you can say. No. Do you want to go out tonight? No. Do you want to go to this party? No.

When you’re comfortable with saying no, this can be highly intimidating for women. You don’t bend with what you really want to do, you simply just give that person an honest answer. [Read: How to say ‘no’ – 15 ways to reason politely, stop pleasing and feel kickass]

7. You’re picky

You don’t need to date a lot of women, nor do you need to be surrounded by a million friends. You’re picky about who you spend your time with, and you’re not willing to spend your time with people you don’t value.

Being picky can be intimidating for people because it shows your self-worth. It may sound weird that people would be intimidated by that, but many people are insecure about themselves. [Read: How your self-respect affects you and your relationships]

8. You don’t need attention from others

Women are used to receiving a lot of attention, and usually, those that were in dramatic relationships gave a lot of attention to their partners.

You’re not into attention-seeking, in fact, it repulses you. Why? Because you’re secure with who you are. So, by not seeking attention, it shows that you’re confident with yourself.

9. You don’t believe in excuses

If someone has an excuse for not calling you last night, you don’t care. You don’t take any excuse from them unless it’s something serious.

Excuses are formed because people don’t want to take responsibility for their actions. You probably have no problem calling someone out for their lame excuse and that can be intimidating.

10. You create your own opportunities

So, you don’t need to wait for someone to give you a job or to tell you it’s okay for you to follow your dreams. You spend your time creating your own opportunities and making your own future.

Now, that’s what you should be doing, however, some women are going to be intimidated by your “go-getter” attitude if they’re not as motivated. [Read: 30 alpha male traits that make you a real alpha]

11. You don’t need her

You don’t need anyone, and she clearly can see it, and that is another one of the signs that a girl is intimidated by you. Maybe it’s because you’ve been single for so long or maybe it’s because you’re content with yourself.

If it looks like you don’t need a woman, that can come across as intimidating. Why? Because when people see that you’re content with yourself, it makes them uncomfortable with their own internal feelings.

12. You are better looking than her

Typically, when people date each other, they tend to be relatively equal in physical attractiveness. But on occasion, this doesn’t hold to be true.

Maybe you are slightly – or a lot – better looking and more attractive than she is. Even if you don’t think so, just the fact that she thinks you are out of her league could cause her to be intimidated by you.

13. You are more successful than her

Speaking of being out of her league, she might think that you have a lot more money and are more successful than she is.

Even if she has a career and money of her own, she might think that you look down upon her because she doesn’t live as lavishly as you do. She might think that you prefer a woman who you think is more your equal when it comes to money. [Read: What to do if your partner makes less money than you]

14. You are loud and outgoing

Another reason she could be intimidated by you is if you are very charismatic. You might have a great personality, know everyone in town, and be really outgoing. Sounds great, right?

You might think that everyone would want a guy like that? But not every girl does. She might be overwhelmed by your dominant personality, regardless of how nice you are.

15. She’s shy

Similar to being intimidated by your outgoing personality, if she’s shy, she might not know how to effectively interact with you. Shy girls struggle with dating and socializing in general.

So even if you are not particularly outgoing and confident, she still might be uncomfortable around you because of her innate shy nature.

16. She’s insecure

You might think she looks like a supermodel, but that doesn’t mean that she sees herself that way. So, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

In other words, she might have a lot of insecurities. And when someone doesn’t have a lot of self-confidence, almost anything and anyone can be intimidating to her. [Read: Dating someone with low self-esteem and what it means to both of you]

17. She thinks you’re smarter than her

Maybe you have a college or even a graduate degree. You could be a doctor or a lawyer. Even if she is educated, she still might not think she measures up to you.

So, watch the kind and quality of conversation that you have. If you constantly want to talk about the deep questions of life or something difficult to understand like quantum physics, then she will definitely be intimidated.

Does being intimidating make a girl uncomfortable around you?

Think about how you feel when you are intimidated by someone else. Usually, it means that you are a bit more awkward and self-conscious. You are probably always judging yourself and comparing what you have to what the other person has.

Now, ask yourself, is that a good feeling? Of course not! No one enjoys feeling that way.

So, yes, if a girl finds you intimidating, then she will probably be uncomfortable around you. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do things to make her feel better. [Read: 20 secrets to make a girl fall for you and fall in love before asking her out]

How to make a girl feel less intimidated by you

Now that you know the signs that a girl is intimidated by you, let’s talk about what you can to do make her feel better and more confident when she’s with you.

1. Treat her as an equal

If a woman is feeling intimidated by you, then it’s probably because she feels like she is inferior to you. So, in order to get around that feeling, you need to treat her as an equal.

Act like she is an important person in and of herself. Tell her that you think she is special and awesome. As time goes on, she will feel more comfortable around you.

2. Be down-to-earth and fun to be with

If you come across as arrogant or a know-it-all, then a girl will definitely feel intimidated. So, you need to be a real, down-to-earth, humble person. Also, be light and fun to be around.

No one is intimidated by a person who makes them laugh and is light-hearted. So, make sure you aren’t too serious and keep things light between the two of you. [Read: How to be funny – 28 must-know tips to make everyone love your humor]

3. Focus on her – not you

One of the reasons a girl might be intimidated by you is if you talk about yourself a lot. You might not even know you’re doing it. So, try to be self-aware and not focus on yourself and your life accomplishments.

Instead, ask her questions about herself if you’re really interested in her. Show her that you like her and really want to get to know her.

4. Show her that you’re serious about her *if you really are*

A girl might feel insecure and intimidated by you because she might not know how you really feel about her.

Perhaps you come across as aloof or uninterested without knowing it. So, if you really like her, you’re going to have to show her through your actions that you’re serious about pursuing something with her.

[Read: How to woo a girl – 23 secrets to sweep a woman off her feet and aww her]

Do you have a couple of these traits? If so, you’re wondering if a girl is intimidated by you, well, it’s looking like this may be truer than not. But now you know what to do about it so you can make girls more comfortable around you.

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Vinod Srinivas Serai
Vin Serai
Vin Serai is the founder of LovePanky.com, and has delved deep into the working of love and relationships for almost two decades. Having dipped his feet in almo...