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    Interpreting Body Language of the Opposite Sex

    I wanted to start this thread so that any Skadi member could post questions regarding specific body language and/or gesticulations they might have encountered and/or are interested in, and partly because I want something interpreted myself.

    This is something I encountered recently that puzzled me. When a woman hugs a man (upon parting), after they've released eachother from eachother's embrace, the woman still holding the man's arms squeezes them really tight with her hands for a split second. In short, squeezing the person you huged, or squeezing their arms really tight, after the hug. What is the meaning of this? What emotion, on her part, does it signify?

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    Its sounds positive and she likes you but the question you probably want to know is does she like you as a friend or more. Usually when reading body language you can't just take one thing and know what the person is thinking. You need to look at the big picture and see if theres a cluster of signals indicating interest.

    Was she giving you any other signals? Eye contact, smile, stroking her hair or fixing some clothing in your presence etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropkick View Post
    Its sounds positive and she likes you but the question you probably want to know is does she like you as a friend or more. Usually when reading body language you can't just take one thing and know what the person is thinking. You need to look at the big picture and see if theres a cluster of signals indicating interest.

    Was she giving you any other signals? Eye contact, smile, stroking her hair or fixing some clothing in your presence etc.
    We were parting, she was leaving town (to go to med school) for a long time, I did not get a good look of her face as it was very dark.

    she basically hugged me, and then squeezed both my arms very tight with her hands, almost to the point of mild discomfort. I was immediately taken aback as I had never encountered anything like it before.

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    Hello. I am new to this community, but if I may add my input. It definitely sounds to me that you are special in one way or another to her and that she is going to miss you. It would appear to me that she was having a difficult time letting go for a moment. I would say there is interest there.

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    Great topic. I love interpreting the body language of women. Just today on the bus for about 10 minutes this girl sat across from me but looked away from me the entire time and anytime she looked up she stared straight at me. I couldn't figure out if she liked me and was nervous or if she could have felt messy and didn't want anybody to look at her.


    But you asked an obvious question.
    squeezing the person you hugged, or squeezing their arms really tight, after the hug. What is the meaning of this? What emotion, on her part, does it signify?
    Are you a robot? Obviously- the girl liked you. A guy would do the same thing. It's very instinctive and just shows that she doesn't want you to leave, or would like to see you again, or actually cares about you. If you know the girl well just ask her.

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    I find it humorous that there are no posts by females on this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wynterwade View Post
    Great topic. I love interpreting the body language of women. Just today on the bus for about 10 minutes this girl sat across from me but looked away from me the entire time and anytime she looked up she stared straight at me. I couldn't figure out if she liked me and was nervous or if she could have felt messy and didn't want anybody to look at her.
    It seems that she was uncomfortable with the situation. Perhaps she thought you looked rather dashing or maybe she resented you sitting down in front of her. Do remember anything else she was doing? Fiddling with something, arms crossed, leaning forward, etc...

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