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    Matthew Frank

    What Are the Signs I Should Be Looking for When Trying to Decode My Dates' Intentions?

    Navigating the dating world can be a daunting experience. You might find yourself trying to decode your dates' intentions in an effort to figure out if they're interested in something more than just a one-night stand. Many of us wonder, "What are they thinking? Do they like me or just want to have some fun?" This is especially true if you're dating someone who seems to send out mixed signals.

    No matter how confident you are, picking up on someone's level of interest can be a challenge. The best way to handle this situation is to be mindful of the signs they may be giving you to steer the direction of the relationship. Here are some of the things to look for:

    First, pay attention to their body language. If they're leaning in, playfully touching your arm, or always appear to be looking into your eyes when you talk, these are all indications that they're actively interested in what you have to say. On the other hand, if they're distant, crossing their arms in front of them, or avoiding eye contact, this could mean that they aren't as interested in getting to know you.

    Second, monitor their words and actions carefully. If your date is continually commenting about how much fun they're having with you, inviting you out on more dates, or talking about the future, these are all positive signs that they're into you. Even if the conversation turns to them, do they take the time to ask meaningful questions about you and seem to truly care about what you have to say? These are further indicators that they're invested in getting to know you better.

    Third, keep in mind what kind of effort they're putting into the relationship. Do they take the lead in planning dates or initiating conversations? Are they generally enthusiastic and complimentary when they're around you? Are they doing small things to show they care, such as keeping tabs on your work schedule, sending meaningful text messages throughout the day, or bringing you dinner when you have a long day at the office? If so, then they're likely interested in more than just a one-night stand.

    Don't forget that if your date has expressed interest through words and actions, but still hasn't asked you out on an official date, they could be asking you indirectly to take the step. If all of the above signs are present and you feel ready, now might be the time to make the first move — even if it's something little, like hinting at wanting to hang out again or suggesting a certain activity you two could do together.

    Trying to read someone's mind can be unnerving. By staying attuned to the subtle signs they're giving off, you can remain in touch with your intuition and figure out if the person is right for you. Remember, if their body language and words indicate that your date is genuinely interested, it's likely time to move forward with the relationship.

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