Anyone who has ever developed feelings towards another person has struggled with the concept known as – the fear of rejection. It’s a completely natural reaction, and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with it, it’s probably a good idea to learn how to fight against this fear and conquer it naturally rather than mask it with alcohol, drugs, or any other popular method. 

There are plenty of signs he wants a relationship but is scared to show it, and it’s up to you to identify them and hopefully do something in order to mitigate or eliminate them completely. If you’re a woman who’s struggling to identify these signs, take a moment to check out the list we’ve made as it’s foreseen to offer you a little bit of insight into the subtle signs of fear and uncertainty. 

Signs a Man is in Love With You But is Scared

Here are some of the telltale signs a guy likes you but is scared to actually do something about it: 

  • He Always Finds a Way To Be Around You 

Most guys (as well as women) like being around the person whom they have feelings for. Whether it’s in the office, a party, or any other social event, if you notice a guy is frequently in your vicinity, chances are he likes you. However, the list of reasons why he isn’t making the first step is probably big, but the most common reason is the aforementioned fear of rejection. If you happen to notice this kind of behavior, don’t hesitate to encourage him with a discreet gesture like a simple wink or a smile. Of course, if you’re not interested in hanging out or going on a date with the guy in question, encouraging him is probably not the best option. 

He Always Finds a Way To Be Around You 

  • He Starts Acting Weird Whenever You’re Around 

This is yet another sign that’s easy to identify and notice. Most people who try to act cool and different usually do that because it’s somewhat of a defensive mechanism that protects them from the notorious rejections. If you notice a guy who starts acting differently as soon as he’s in your presence, it’s a good sign he cares about you but is scared to show it.  

  • He Smiles Around You, A Lot 

Being overly positive around a person whom you have feelings for is one of the oldest tricks in the book. If you see a man who simply can’t shake off his smile whenever he’s around you, it’s safe to assume that he fancies you. A smile can be a response to numerous situations, but in this case, it’s often a sign of trying to appear approachable and interested in your company. If you’re struggling to decipher whether a guy has feelings for you, pay attention to how often he smiles when he’s in your vicinity. 

  • Subtle Compliments and Jokes About Being Together 

Many guys who are insecure and reluctant when it comes to making the first step usually tend to compliment with subtlety. This means they will carefully choose their words in order to avoid potential humiliation or rejection. A little compliment never hurt anyone, which is why shy guys like to use this strategy to its limits. If you happen to notice that a guy is overly generous with his compliments, it’s one of the signs he likes you but is afraid of getting hurt. 

  • Accidental Touching 

While this is an elementary school level of drawing attention, it’s still quite popular with shy and insecure guys. If you happen to notice a sudden increase in accidental touching, it’s probably a good sign that it’s coming from a guy who likes you. Even though this strategy is a massive double-edged sword because not many women like to be accidentally touched, many guys decide to try it out. 

Whether you’re going to react to it positively or negatively is a different matter, but rest assured you’re going to be faced with this strategy sooner or later. 

What Should You Do in These Situations? 

There is no definitive answer or solution for this seemingly benevolent predicament. It’s hard to judge the situation because some guys are honest with their intentions, while others aren’t. The best thing you can do is try and evaluate the circumstances and draw a conclusion based on your own instincts.  

More often than not, you’re going to stumble upon an honest guy who’s just a bit shy and insecure. In order to break that insecurity and make him feel more confident, you should react to the signs and perhaps even make the first step yourself rather than wait for him to do it. On the other hand, there is no shortage of dishonest guys who are leaning more towards being rude than insecure or scared. Needless to say, you shouldn’t offer any chances to men of that caliber. 

Whatever you decide to do, don’t be unnecessarily rude about it. Of course, if someone is aggressive, it is your prerogative to be rude about it. However, if you’re being approached by a genuine guy who’s interested in hanging out with you, decline him politely if you feel inclined. Being rude and overly dramatic about it will only cause issues with his insecurities and will undoubtedly worsen his confidence. 

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