The best nonverbal signs of attraction.
There are many speculations as to how to assess whether or not someone is attracted to you.
If you go online, thousands if not millions of articles are published. All of them claim something.
The so-called experts suggest that someone is attracted to you when you notice the following behaviors:
- Hair flipping
- Head tilting
- Eyebrow lifting
- Open body posture
- Leaning towards you
Unfortunately, these characteristics are not associated with attraction as a new study finds.
Instead, the researchers found other cues of attraction.
According to the finding, there are only five best nonverbal signs of attraction. Someone may be attracted to you when she/he:
- Makes eye contact
- Smiles at you
- Initiates conversation
- Laughs at simple jokes
- Maintains physical closeness
These nonverbal cues were found to be linked to the attraction. These simple acts can be a simple beginning of developing trust between two people.
The finding may contrast most common beliefs about attraction. Articles published online may not be true.
However, the researchers believe that not all the time these nonverbal signs of attraction are related to liking.
This means that someone, when performs these behaviors, may not necessarily mean that she/he likes you.
The leading author of the study, Dr. Mathew Montoya concluded:
“There is a specific suite of behaviors associated with liking, and this same set of behaviors can be found in cultures from around the world.”
The finding may imply that these signs of attraction must be interpreted in a cultural context.
People in different cultures behave differently. Thus, before suspecting someone likes you, it is a good idea to observe your own social norms.
In fact, many people engage in these behaviors in many social interactions. Dr. Motoya shares his additional interpretation.
“These behaviors apply when doctors interact with their patients, parents interact with their kids, or when salespeople talk to their customers.”
Nonetheless, the finding may be helpful in assessing others’ behaviors.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.