Signs That He Really Likes You

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It's no secret men and women tend to express affection differently. While it may be easy to tell if he's interested in friendship or casual dating, you may not recognize the telltale signs that he wants things to get more serious. Pay close attention to his behavior on dates, how his lifestyle changes or what he's sharing about the intimate details of his life.

He's Taking it Slow

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Traditionally, men pursue and women are chased. If he's taking his time getting to know you, however, he probably has put you in a different category than other women he may casually hang out with. If a man doesn't see potential for a long-term relationship, he typically won't waste his time with the dating process. If he's not rushing to move the relationship forward, he's probably planning and calculating his next move. He knows he needs to win you over by treading carefully and really getting to know you first. Plus, if he really likes you, he may be moving slow to protect his own feelings.

He Gives Up Other Activities to Be With You

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If he's spending less time watching college football or going out with friends, and more time with you, it's generally a sign he values the relationship enough to give up other activities to see how things might develop. How he spends his precious free time says a lot about where his priorities are. If he's willing to give up a Thursday night with the guys because it's the only night you have free, it's his way of showing he respects your time and truly values your company.

He Confides in You

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Men typically don't share their secrets with just anyone. If he is revealing intimate details about his life or showing vulnerability about his insecurities or problems, it's a sign he trusts you and values your opinion. Since it's an act of letting his guard down, he typically will only do this with a woman he wants to be in a relationship with. He may want to know how you will respond when he opens up and tells you private details about his life.

He Remembers the Details

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If he remembers details about your interests, hobbies or preferences, it's probably because he's been hanging on your every word. He knows that a bouquet of your favorite flowers will brighten your day or that concert tickets for the band you love will make you smile. If he pays attention to these things, it's because he's trying to demonstrate his ability to make you happy and be a responsive, caring partner.

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About the Author

Mara Tyler is a writer and public relations consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than eight years of experience, she specializes in health, nutrition, women's lifestyle and marketing. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations.

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