25 Subtle, Developing Signs She Likes You But Is Hiding Her Feelings for You

Do you think there are signs that she likes you, but is hiding her feelings for you? Let’s find out if she’s really catching feelings!

signs she is hiding her feelings for you

Are you interested in a girl, but you’re not sure of the signs that she likes you – but is trying to hide her feelings for you? It’s time to find out the truth. Is she developing feelings for you? Is she falling for you but denying those feelings? What’s going on in her mind?

Love isn’t as straightforward and easy as we like to think it is. When anything involves two humans, it’s never a straight line. Instead, it’s like a roller coaster, going up and down, side to side, and all you can do is hold on until the end.

There are lots of reasons a girl who likes you may hide her developing feelings from you, but there are giveaway signs you can look out for! [Read: How to make a girl really like you even before you ask her out]

How to know if she likes you, but is hiding her feelings from you

With that being said, you shouldn’t wait around for someone to figure out if they want to be with you or not. Instead, you need to be proactive and see if she has feelings for you. You can always ask her without figuring out if she likes you, but, of course, it’s easier said than done.

Everyone gets fear of rejection, and if you’re a shy individual, this may not be the best approach. Don’t worry! What you can do is make sure she likes you before asking. Just pay attention to the signs she likes you but is hiding her feelings for you. Then, when you’re done assessing, it’s time to make your move!

[Read: 18 secrets to impress any girl and get her to like you ASAP]

Why do girls hide their feelings when they like you

You must wonder why girls hide their feelings when they like you. Wouldn’t it be easier if they were straightforward about how they feel? Well, here are a few reasons why. [Read: 71 subtle signs to tell if a guy is into you even if he’s hiding his feelings]

1. Fear of rejection

There is a myth that rejection is something only men experience. Women experience rejection in dating just as much as men do! Rejection is a universal experience for everyone who tries to date. It’s part of what makes it scary, but also part of what makes it so thrilling.

If a woman has feelings for you that she is trying to hide, it is simply because she wants to protect herself. She doesn’t want to be vulnerable with someone who will hurt her by rejecting her in a cruel way. In short, women hide their feelings for the same reason everyone else does! [Read: How to deal with rejection from friends and pick yourself back up]

2. Family issues

Maybe the girl who likes you has to hide her feelings from you because of family issues. She probably has too much on her plate at the moment to put herself out there. In some cases, she may think she’s doing you a favor by not stringing you along into her mess.

3. The friendzone

She probably thinks you’ve friendzoned her, so she doesn’t want to try anything, or doesn’t know to get out of it. Another possibility is that you two have been friends for so long that she cannot risk turning your relationship into something more and ending up losing you.

4. You might get mad at her

This may sound ridiculous, but it happens. Some people do get mad at their friends for having feelings for them and ruining the friendship. She probably doesn’t know that you feel the same way about her.

5. She’s unsure whether you’re ready to commit

Do you have quite a reputation as someone who’s afraid of commitment? If this is the case, then that’s probably why. A girl who’s looking for something serious cannot risk investing her time and effort into a potential relationship with a player.

It’s possible that she knows how you feel about her; she’s just unsure if you’re going to give her the same effort she’s willing to put out. [Read: 22 signs she wants to be exclusive with you & wants your commitment]

6. She wants you to express your feelings first

Some girls are shy, and they think guys prefer the chase, so they worry making the first move will make the guy lose attraction for them. She probably knows exactly how you feel about her, but it’s up to you to change the status of your relationship. [Read: All the rose colors, their meaning & how to use it to convey your feelings]

7. She’s playing hard to get

Some girls love playing games, and they think it’s more fun to tease. So if the girl you like is giving you green light but not making any move, or she’s giving you mixed signals, it’s possible that she’s just playing hard to get! [Read: Does playing hard to get work? The tips to make it swing your way]

Signs she likes you but is hiding her feelings from you

Now you know why she may be hiding her feelings from you, let’s get down to business and assess whether she is with the following signs. Are you ready?

1. Body language

At the end of the day, no matter how much she hides her emotions, she cannot hide her body language. Body language is non-verbal communication.

Sometimes we do things without even thinking about it. She may smile around you a lot, play with her hair, sit near you, and touch you when you make a joke. She wouldn’t do that if she didn’t like you. [Read: Watch for these 37 subtle body language cues to instantly know if she likes you]

2. She looks for you

If you two are in a crowded room, does she look for you? Pay attention to when she first enters the room, if her eyes immediately pin on you, it’s very likely that you’re the one she likes.

Also, when you two are hanging out in a group, if she looks at you a lot when she tells stories, she wants to know how you react and if you’re interested in the things she says. [Read: Is she flirting with me or being friendly? 34 signs to read a girl’s mind]

3. She’s flirty over text

She may be shy in front of you, but when you text each other, she’s flirtatious. Not everyone does well in front of other people, but feel more relaxed when talking on the phone or texting.

She could really like you, but she’s intimidated and frankly scared of getting hurt. This is why she’s so low-key around you. [Read: How to win your crush over via text]

4. She replies to your calls and texts immediately

Even if someone is always on the phone, they won’t be so responsive to text messages and calls from people they don’t like.

Most of us focus too much on ourselves and are busy with our personal lives, and it may take a special person to distract us from our daily concerns. So if she replies to your calls and texts within seconds and sends you long paragraphs instead of one-word answers, that girl really likes you. [Read: 22 secret rules to impress a girl over text & make her want more of you]

5. Her friends behave differently

Now, girls talk about every guy. But the ones that they really like, they talk highly of them. If you’re looking for signs she is hiding her feelings for you, or if she is still developing feelings, there’s a good chance her friends already know who you are and behave differently when you’re around.

She’s probably gushed to them about how great a guy you are. You may have met them once or twice, but they know you very well.

6. She’s always there for you

Maybe you have an important test coming up or a basketball championship game. No matter what, she’s the first one to text you to see how the test went or sitting in the stands at the game.

If she’s into you, she’ll support you through whatever obstacles you have in your way. [Read: How to tell if a shy girl likes you – The secrets revealed]

7. She wants to know about other girls in your life

This is a clear sign that she likes you but is hiding her feelings for you. She might not be jealous or possessive, which is a red flag, but she definitely wants to know about the girls you hang out with and what kind of relationship you have. [Read: Jealousy vs Envy – 22 signs to tell them apart when they feel the same]

8. She brings up hypothetical scenarios involving the two of you

What if we were a couple? What if we went on vacation together? What if I met your family? These hypothetical questions are her testing to see how you react. It is a clear sign that she is developing feelings for you.

9. She laughs at your jokes

No one said your jokes were good. Honestly, they’re probably not that great. But who cares. She thinks they’re hilarious and will laugh at every joke you pull out of your hat – even your worst dad jokes!

Girls typically laugh more at jokes from people they find attractive. If every joke you tell has her crying with laughter, that’s a good sign she’s developing feelings for you, or hiding her feelings just to be safe – for now. [Read: The 41 best qualities of a good man that sets him apart from lesser men]

10. Eye contact

When she talks to you, she looks you straight in the eyes. She may look away and blush if you stare back into her eyes. But when you talk, she’s listening.

Eye contact shows attraction. So, if her eyes are on you like you’re the most interesting thing on the planet *unless you have spinach in your teeth*, she’s into you. [Read: How to make girls chase you – 20 secrets to become Mr. Irresistible!]

11. She remembers the details

Some people can’t remember anything, and that’s okay! After all, everyone is different. But a girl would remember things if she feels they were important. Now, if she’s developing feelings or hiding her feelings from you, it could be the way you like your coffee or the secret that you told her.

Does she remember where she put her car keys? No. But she remembers the small things that you show and tell her because those matter to her.

12. She jokes about being a couple

If a girl makes a lot of “jokes” about you two dating, chances are they aren’t actually jokes. It should go without saying, but this is a pretty obvious sign that she is interested in dating you! [Read: Should I ask her out? 47 subtle, flirty signs she wants you to make a move]

13. She lets you know when she’s free

Modern life is busy. Between working, family, and friends, most people don’t have a lot of free time. So if a girl is always available when you ask her, either to hang out or just to chat, take note. It’s a pretty good sign that she likes you but is hiding her feelings for you. [Read: How to ask a girl if she likes you without really asking her]

14. She’s nervous around you for no reason

Not everyone is cool and collected when talking to people they like. If she’s nervous around you, she’ll probably be stuttering and fidgeting while talking to you.

No, she doesn’t have a twitch. She’s just really nervous to be around you. She may not know what to say or completely forget how to act naturally because she cannot contain her emotions. [Read: 21 awkward signs a girl is intimidated by you & what to do about it]

15. She goes out with you

When you ask her out, whether it’s in a group or just the two of you, she goes. And she goes without hesitation. In fact, she’s super excited to go out with you because she likes you.

Now she may be nervous and shy. If she continues to see you, then she obviously likes you on a deeper level. It may just take more time for her to relax, so, be patient. [Read: How to talk to a shy girl and get her to open up]

16. She dresses up to see you

Even when it’s a casual get-together, she always wears her best to see you. That’s because she has developed feelings for you, and wants to look her best around you.

16. She follows you on social media

Now, she doesn’t just follow you, but she also watches your Insta stories, likes your photos, and comments often.

And maybe she even DMs you frequently, even if she doesn’t comment on every single one of your photos.

Five years ago, this wouldn’t matter. But now technology is such a part of our lives, this is a sign she’s developing feelings for you. She may be shy or hiding her feelings around you, but she’s actively following your life. [Read: Social media addiction – The 16 alarming symptoms & how to break out]

17. She drunk dials or texts

Drunken minds speak sober thoughts. If she drunk texts or calls you, it is because she is thinking about you already. Just remember to talk about your feelings when you two are sober, too. [Read: 10 sober reasons why drunken sex is never a good idea]

18. She shares personal information with you

It’s normal for people to take a while to warm up to someone enough to share personal information with them.

So if a girl is sharing personal information with you, it’s a pretty good sign that she is developing feelings for you. This information could be anything from details about her family life, or how she grew up.

19. She asks your opinion on her looks

Why would she ask if she didn’t care what you thought? If a girl asks you what you think about her appearance, she is either fishing for compliments, or likes you and wants to know if you feel the same way. Maybe both! [Read: 26 things to talk about on a first date to make them like you instantly]

20. She is not interested in other guys

If a female friend of yours talks about dating other guys when you’re around, they clearly aren’t interested in dating you.

So if this girl never brings up other guys or about dating someone *but she flirts and hangs out with you*, it’s a pretty clear sign that she is interested in you.

21. She tries to impress you

Does she brag a bit to you? Maybe about her job, her cooking skills, or even her sexual prowess? Does she seem to puff herself up in front of you, and looks at you to see what you think? If so, she is probably into you and trying to highlight all her best attributes! [Read: How to start a conversation with your crush: the secrets to impress]

22. She makes sure you know she is single

Think logically here, why would a girl constantly let you know that she is single without prompting?

It could be that it just came up in conversation, but more likely, it is a sign. She is trying to tell you she is available to see if you will make the first move to ask her out. [Read: 21 secrets and ways to ask a girl out on a date and get her to say YES]

23. She engages you in long, deep conversations

Most people do not take the time to delve into philosophical conversations with people they don’t care about. If she likes to talk to you for long periods of time, it’s because she is developing feelings for you.

24. She secretly stares at you

Do you feel her eyes on you when you look away? Have you ever caught her staring and turning away immediately? You don’t just watch someone if you’re not interested in getting to know them more, right? It’s obvious that she likes you but is hiding her feelings.

25. She doesn’t mind it when you touch her

Girls don’t just let anyone touch them. In fact, they are extra wary of men. So if she doesn’t mind it when you touch her, even encourages it, congratulations, she definitely wants you! [Read: 20 loving & romantic touches in a relationship to make you feel closer]

What to do if you think a girl likes you or is developing feelings for you

Do a lot of these signs look familiar? There is only one way to know for sure if a girl likes you. You have to ask her!

It doesn’t have to be awkward. If this girl has a lot of the signs on this list, chances are it will go really well! Just ask her out on a casual date, and see what she says. If she says no, you should still be proud of yourself for putting yourself out there and being vulnerable.

[Read: How to ask a girl to hang out casually without making it a big deal]

Now that you know the signs she is hiding her feelings for you, if you think she likes you, it’s time you made a move! Sometimes, you just have to take risks.

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...