Their Smile Seems Forced
Keep an eye out for fake versus real smiles, which are pretty easy to spot. “You use more face muscles when you have a genuine smile and you see that in the lines round the eyes of the subject, which crinkle up more,” said psychologist Richard Wiseman in an interview with Robin McKie on The Guardian. A fake smile will look like a tense elementary school kid cheesing it up on picture day.
They Don’t Mirror Your Body Language
When someone likes you, they will mirror your body language. For example, if you are kickin’ back in a chair, they might do the same thing. “As adults, we do it when we are talking with someone we like, are interested in, or agree with,” said Carol Kinsey Golman on Forbes. “We subconsciously switch our body posture to match that of the other person — mirroring that person’s nonverbal behavior and signaling that we are connected and engaged.” Pretty cool, right?
They Never Seem To Listen
A good friend will value your thoughts and opinions, and will give you the floor to speak. Someone who doesn’t like you, however, probably won’t be bothered with such niceties.” As Kasandra Brabaw says on Prevention, “… she doesn’t listen or give you time to speak, and that leads to one-sided conversations that leave you feeling unheard.” Not cool.
He Or She Always Bails On You
If your plans occasionally fall through, no big deal. But if this person is constantly balling, or coming up with excuses for not being able to hang out, take it as a major hint. “Yeah, people get busy, but true friends manage to make time for each other at least once in a while — and if they have to bail, they try to make it up to you,” Booth says.
Things Feel… Awkward
When you’re around people who truly like you, life will feel easy and breezy. But if your hangouts are particularly awkward, it could be a sign that the friendship isn’t as strong as you thought, according to Booth.