28 Signs Someone Has a Secret Crush on You & Is Trying To Hide It

Maybe you like them, but maybe you don’t. Either way, you probably want to know the signs someone has a crush on you. Here’s all you need to know.

signs someone has a crush on you

In today’s world, it’s hard to tell if a person is actually into you in a way that makes them want to take you out on a fancy date or if they’re just being friendly. Too many people try to hide their feelings because they’re unsure of yours, and the cycle just keeps going. So, of course, you want to know the signs that someone has a crush on you.

The good thing is that people can usually only hide so much about their true feelings and intentions. You might have had a friend for many years who was always just a friend to you. Then one day, maybe you start noticing little things that make you question how they really feel toward you!

[Read: 28 strong signs your guy friend is falling for you even if he’s hiding it]

Hiding their big secret

For a while, you might just dismiss these little signs, thinking that maybe they were being weird for a while. But then maybe they make a move.

Needless to say, you might be surprised, but not that much. You might have known something was up and figured it out before they said anything.

Do you have someone like that in your life, too? Are you just sitting there in complete confusion because you can’t tell if they’re just being friendly or if they really feel something more? [Read: What does friends with benefits mean to a guy – Do guys ever get attached?]

The subtle yet obvious signs someone has a crush on you

These signs someone has a crush on you might shed some light on their behavior and unearth their secret feelings for you.

1. They compliment you often

Not in an outright, obvious way. They’re trying to hide their feelings, after all. We’re talking about subtle things that almost *keyword, ALMOST* go unnoticed by you. A phrase like “cool sweatshirt” is subtle enough not to seem like it means much, but it does.

2. They notice the little things

Not many people notice if you just get a trim, especially if you’re a girl. It’s just something that most people overlook in general.

But if they notice enough to comment on it, they could be having some feelings outside of just friendship.

3. They often start the conversation

If they’re constantly the one to start a conversation with you, whether it is in person or over text, it’s because they are always thinking about you. And also it’s because they always want to talk to you—a sign that they have a big crush on you. [Read: 15 body language cues a girl gives away if she likes a guy]

4. They initiate hanging out

When they’re the ones always asking to go grab a coffee, hang out, or watch a movie, they want to spend time with you. And although it could be that they are just being friendly, they might be hiding their true feelings of wanting to see you all the time. [Read: How to ask someone to hang out over text and do it right]

5. You catch them looking at you at strange times

Have you ever looked over at them in a group setting and noticed that their eyes were already on you? That’s because they were admiring your hotness—almost guaranteed.

Unless you were doing something weird, of course…

6. They never ask you about your significant other, if you have one

If you’re dating someone else and are just friends with this person, they’re never going to ask how things are going in your relationship.

They probably like you, so it’s not something they are going to bring up at all. It’s too painful for them to talk about you being with someone else. This is definitely one of the signs they have a crush on you.

7. They change the subject when you talk about someone you like

If that person isn’t them, they’re going to change the subject so they don’t have to listen to it.

Again, they want the focus to be on them and the two of you, not someone else. That’s a huge indicator that they might have feelings for you. [Read: What should you do if you like someone who’s already taken?]

8. They ask about your family

People who only want to be friends with you aren’t going to go out of their way to ask about how your family is doing unless they know something is wrong.

If they’re just “checking up” on you, they probably like you and want to show an interest in the things that matter to you.

9. They ask deep questions

Most “just friend” types aren’t going to ask, in detail, about your biggest dreams, aspirations, and desires.

But the people who have a crush on you will try to impress you by digging deep into your heart and soul. If they’re asking personal, deep questions, then that’s one of the signs they may have a huge crush on you. [Read: 60 deep and fun get to know you questions to peek into their soul]

10. They make jokes about dating you

This is one that is pretty common. If they casually joke about “if you were my girlfriend/boyfriend…” all the time, that is a sign they clearly have a crush on you!

That is their way of hinting around and throwing the bait out to see if you respond the way they want you to. Truth be told, they probably really wish that they were dating you. [Read: 15 easy ways to friend zone a guy without leading him on]

11. You hear that they’ve been talking about you to other mutual friends

When you have other friends coming up to you saying things like “oh yeah, so and so told me you did that,” or “this person was asking about your favorite hangout spots,” then they definitely like you.

This means you are always on their mind, which is one of the huge signs a friend has a crush on you. They can’t seem to stop talking about you, even when you’re not there.

12. They’re more “hands-on” with you

Not in a weird, perverted way.

But they are closer to you and find excuses to make physical contact whenever they can. Little shoulder touches or a hand on your back is all it takes to show that they’ve got a crush on you. [Read: 36 types of “friendly” and “flirty” touches and what each touch means]

13. You two always wind up alone together

Somehow, no matter what the plans are or where you’re going, the two of you always end up alone together at some point.

This is planned on their part and it’s because they want it that way. They want to be as emotionally intimate with you as they can, and they hope this will be a gateway to something more – like romance.

14. They pay extra attention when you’re talking while in a group setting

When there’s a bunch of people around, it’s hard to focus on one person when you’re all friends.

But if they like you more than that, they’ll be the one listening and hanging on to your every word even if someone else speaks at the same time. They might even ignore most other people because they really don’t care about anyone else but you.

15. They smile more around you

Another one of the signs they have a crush on you is if they smile all the time. You know how it is. Being around your crush just makes you ridiculously happy, and you seem to always have a grin on your face.

You get excited and feel giddy when a crush is in your presence, so happiness just radiates. If that’s them, they might be crushing on you. [Read: 23 signs your friend has a crush on you and can’t wait to date you]

16. They never talk about their love interests

You may bring up your crushes sometimes, but they don’t. And if that’s true, it’s probably because they don’t like anyone else. And they don’t want to talk about anyone else so it’s very clear they have no romantic interest *but you!*.

So, if they never, ever mention anyone they like, chances are that’s because it’s you.

17. When in groups, they usually stick by your side

When someone likes you and you’re in a big group, they’re going to spend as much of their time as they can right next to you. They don’t want you talking to anyone else or having someone hit on you or ask you out.

18. They discuss the future with you

No, not just where you’ll be that weekend, but where you’ll be five years from now. They’re gauging if your future goals are similar or not because they want to determine if there’s a chance it could work between the two of you.

19. They find a reason to dislike everyone you date

There’s nothing more frustrating than a friend who seems to hate everyone you date. But this may be one of the signs they have a crush on you, and the truth might just be that they’re jealous.

They might find every little flaw they can when you are going out with someone. They are doing this to get you to see that they are a better match for you. [Read: 30 ways to tell for sure if someone likes you without asking them]

20. They confide in you more than anyone else

Do you know secrets about them that even their closest friend doesn’t? They are trying to build emotional intimacy with you so that you see them as more than a friend.

Confiding in someone and putting their trust in them is a huge sign they’ve got a crush on you!

21. They remember important/weird stuff about you

Not just your birthday or the date of a big event in your life, but they remember that you like your toast burnt or that you can’t stand the sound of twigs breaking. If they remember the weird stuff, this is definitely one of the signs they have a crush on you.

22. Any form of unintended flirting

When someone has a crush on you, they’re going to accidentally flirt with you. It’s a natural human reaction.

So if they’re flirting and you realize it’s not on purpose, it could be a sign they want to be more than friends. [Read: 15 flirting signs to instantly know if someone is flirting with you]

23. They do their best to look nice around you

If you two are just hanging out at their house, not doing anything else and yet they’ve dressed pretty nice and look well-polished, it’s because they’re trying to impress you. Because let’s face it – no one dresses up at their own home, right? Most people just want to be comfortable!

24. People you’ve never met know about you because of them

If you go to a friend’s house, and their mom greets you with a hug and by name, but you have never met her before – that’s a sign. If their family and friends know about you before you’ve ever met, they like you. For sure. [Read: 17 clear signs you should be dating your best friend already!]

25. They show different sides of themselves

If you’ve seen them be goofy, happy, funny, upset, devastated, and everything in between, they might like you. They’re opening up and trying to show you their different sides and hoping that you’ll do the same.

The more you do that, the more you two will get to know each other and they hope you will develop a romantic interest in them. [Read: Are you more than friends already? 17 signs to know for sure]

26. They attempt to make you jealous

If you notice they’re bringing up hot people who are interested in them, or that they just seem like they’re trying to make you jealous in general, it’s because they want to know if you care about them enough to get jealous, which is one of the clear signs they have a crush on you. It sounds a little messed up, but hey, it probably works so that’s why they do it.

27. They make a move

An arm around your shoulder, an all-too-intimate hug, or touching your face in any way can be a huge sign that they have a big crush on you.

If you’re just friends with someone, you don’t make moves like that. You can probably even feel it coming on if you pay attention. [Read: 16 subtle signs he wants to make a move on you and ask you out]

28. They tell you

Some people are brutally honest. They’ll just straight out tell you they have feelings for you and want to take things a step further. At that point, it’s up to you to decide where you want to go from there.

Why do people develop crushes? 

Now that we know the signs that someone has a crush on you, why do people even develop crushes? Well, let’s look at what crushes really are.

We all know that it’s normal for humans to develop feelings of attraction towards other people even when they’re young. It’s just human nature to see the person you like through rose-colored glasses.

However, these feelings are usually based on some sort of fantasy about who that person is. They have more of an illusion of the person, or of the possible romantic relationship. It’s really this idealized version of the crush that the person is “in love” with. [Read: 16 psychological facts about crushes to decode what you’re feeling]

We also develop crushes because at least one person feels they have “chemistry” with someone else. But that’s actually true. Our hormone levels drastically change when the object of our affection is near us. 

So, as you can see, having a crush on someone just feels good – both physically and emotionally. In some ways, it’s even more fun to have a crush than it is to be in an actual relationship because your feelings are usually higher when you have a crush! [Read: 16 psychological facts about crushes to decode what you’re feeling inside]

What should you do about it?

If you see these signs someone has a crush on you, then you need to decide what to do about it. And that all depends on how you feel about them.

If you like them, then great! You might want to consider saying something to them. They might turn out to be the person of your dreams. [Read: Does your crush like you back? 15 things you have to do immediately]

But, if you don’t feel the same way about the person who has a crush on you, then you need to be careful with their feelings.

You can try to ignore the signs, but you might not be able to do it forever. There may come a time when you need to be honest about your feelings so the person can move on.

 [Read: The tricky pros and cons of dating a friend you need to consider]

Deciphering someone’s feelings for you isn’t always easy, especially when they’re trying to hide it. But these hush-hush signs will prove that they have a big crush on you, and help you decide on your response as well!

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