The friend zone is a difficult area to navigate. Some people think they are in it and never realize the opportunity for more is right there for the taking. Others hope for a romantic relationship, when it really is never going to be. If you are friends with a girl and wonder if she is interested in more, she likely will not exactly be forthcoming about what she feels and what she wants you to know. However, there are a few signs you can look for that might be your green light for moving forward. Of course, these signals will not always be completely clear, but if you know what to look for you might recognize some indications that she wants you to get the ball rolling romantically. To be fair, however, it is primarily your responsibility to initiate the talk about moving forward. Be willing to take a chance!
First, pay close attention to context clues in what she is saying. She might talk about wanting to go to a concert in the near future, an upcoming dance, a party that might be happening soon and so on. By itself, of course, this does not indicate that she wants a relationship with you, but it can be wise to capitalize on these conversations by offering to accompany her.
Physical signals are harder to decipher, but do still exist. Physical interaction when talking is a good indicator. If she touches your arm or hand or establishes physical contact while talking at all, this is generally a good sign. Reciprocate, but do so with subtlety and tact. Being overeager could hurt you here.
A strong indication of someone wanting to be more than friends would be her willingness to be available. If she responds quickly to your calls, texts or other means of communication, this could indicate an interest in a relationship. The reverse, of course, could indicate that she is not interested.
Pay close attention to this girl when you are both spend time with other girls. Even if you are not attempting to hit on them or make a move, you might notice a shift in her normal behavior. If she feels someone is threatening something that she wants, namely you, her demeanor may give her away. She might seem short, less responsive or even come right out and flirt with you to let you know.
There is one indicator that many women use when they are interested in a guy: they laugh at all his jokes. Not just the ones that are actually funny, but all or at least most of them. Pay attention to her playful and light conversation back as well, as even a little ribbing can be a serious indicator she wants more than casual company from you.
All in all, women really can be a mystery. The trouble is, since every woman is different, no one formula will tell you if she wants to be more than friends. At the end of the day, honest communication is your best policy. Establish yourself as a friend, but also as someone that could be more than that if given the opportunity.
Guest post contributed by Matthew Sullivan on behalf of DatingWebsite.com – Matthew is a freelance writer and lifestyle coach who writes for various online publications. For more information on the Dating Website.com visit their site.