Decoding the Unspoken: 6 Indicators That Someone Is Hiding Their True Feelings

5 min readJul 1

6 Signs Someone is Hiding Their Feelings from You

Sometimes we can tell when someone is hiding something from us — a comfortable smile is now replaced by a slight grin. But what if someone is hiding some deeper feelings? What if that smiling friend or that ex of yours is hiding the fact that they like you or still like you? Well, there are some ways you can find out.

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1. They try to impress you

So you’re casually minding your own business, eating lunch outside when your classmate taps you on the shoulder. They want you to pay attention to their trick shot. They shoot and score. Hmm, you hardly know this classmate, but for some reason, they want you to notice their impressive skills.

Often, people will try to impress the one they like. They may change their behavior at first to be the most impressive and witty version of themselves too. If they’re shy, they may favor showing you that they’re intelligent or a capable partner you can trust. If they’re more outgoing, they may make a bold move and show off a skill or talent.

If you engage in a conversation and they often discuss their accomplishments and maybe even brag a little, they simply want you to notice what’s great about them because they find you great as well.

2. They help you

Do you notice your new acquaintance always goes out of their way to help you? They may volunteer to help move that old couch out of your room for you, or maybe they ask if you’d like them to tutor you with your math homework.

When someone likes someone, they’ll often try to provide help to them because they care about them. They want to spend time with them or want the other person to notice them. Being a shoulder to cry on or a classmate to confide in is also another way they may help you. They don’t mind lending an ear to what’s worrying you in your life.

And if you ask for advice, they’re there with words of wisdom, and sometimes advice varies.


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