7 signs you’re more attractive than you think, according to psychology

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I recently came across a poll on what people feel self-conscious about, and the results were pretty shocking.  It turns out over 60% of grown adults reported feeling as awkward as they did in their teens. Many people are uncomfortable with their body shape, their hairstyle, and even their smile. 

But why am I telling you this?

Well, it got me thinking; so many of us undervalue ourselves, sell ourselves short, and, as a result, miss or subconsciously ignore the signs that people actually find us quite attractive. 

What if I told you that you might actually be more attractive than you think?

You could well be. Today, you find out. 

There are all kinds of subtle, psychology-backed signs that you possess an undeniable appeal – you may not just be aware of them.

Let’s get to them. 

1) People mirror you

Have you ever caught someone subconsciously adopting your gestures or posture during a conversation? 

This phenomenon, known as “mirroring,” is more than just mimicry; it’s a dance of connection and attraction. When someone echoes your body language, it’s their non-verbal way of saying, “I’m in tune with you.” 

Psychologists have long studied this behavior, finding that it can significantly enhance feelings of likability and trust between individuals. 

Watch out for this one; it’s a subtle signal that often flies under the radar but speaks volumes about the underlying dynamics of your interactions.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that mirroring can also occur in non-romantic contexts. 

We also mirror those we admire, respect, or simply get along with well. To discern whether it’s a sign of attraction or just a platonic connection, it’s wise to look for the other indicators on this list, too. 

2) People make a lot of eye contact with you

It’s well-documented in psychological circles that eye contact can be an indicator of interest and attraction. 

Healthline has highlighted numerous studies underscoring this connection. Most notably, studies have shown that it can increase attraction and foster intimacy. 

David Ludden, a professor of psychology, has noted that pupil dilation is considered an honest sign of “sexual or social interest” as it is involuntary; we can’t fake it. 

But maybe Ronald E. Riggio, an organizational psychology professor, put it most clearly in a Psychology Today post when he wrote, “Gazing into another’s eyes can signify love and attraction..”

So there you have it; if people tend to hold your gaze for just a bit too long, it could be a subtle hint at your underlying appeal.

3) People tend to reveal personal things to you

Do people often seek you out as a confidante for their deepest thoughts and feelings? 

When someone leans in to share a story from their past or confides in you about their hidden dreams and fears, it’s not just casual conversation—it’s a bridge to deeper intimacy and trust. 

Brene Brown, an acclaimed author, and researcher on vulnerability, beautifully captures the essence of this exchange:

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness, and affection.”

This openness often transcends the surface level of mere acquaintance, hinting at a profound connection and, potentially, an underlying attraction

They might recount tales that shaped their character, voice doubts that haunt them at night or share aspirations that fuel their spirit—all of which they might not have shared with just anyone.

Sure, this does not always indicate romantic attraction, but it’s an attraction no less. It’s a telling sign, not only of their comfort with you but also of your inherent approachability and allure. 

4) People find excuses to touch you

Imagine you’re weaving through a crowded room, and there’s that one person who seems always to find a way to make contact. A gentle tap on the shoulder to get your attention, a guiding hand on your back.

This isn’t just about being friendly or polite; it’s about the subtle, often subconscious, signals we send and receive about attraction and interest.

The same goes for casual touching when you are talking. Do people gently slap your arm when they laugh at your jokes? Do they greet you with a hug or put a hand on your back or shoulder?

If so, there’s a good chance that you are more attractive than you think

As noted by experts like Traci Brown, a body language and persuasion specialist, touches can be a telltale sign of interest in you. As she told Brides, “People touch each other when they want a deeper connection. This is typically a good sign on a date.” It often manifests as subtle or even ‘accidental’ caresses during conversation or playful bumps and nudges.”

5) People remember small details about you

This one is straightforward but easy to overlook. 

Psychological research suggests that we tend to remember more information about people we find attractive. 

So when someone remembers your favorite book, the name of your pet, or even the way you take your coffee, take note. 

Consciously or unconsciously, it might just be behavior driven by an underlying attraction or fascination.

6) People get a little flustered around you

This one is a bit less obvious, but when we think about how we feel when attracted to someone, it all makes sense. 

The butterflies in the stomach, the sudden warmth spreading across our cheeks, and that inexplicable loss of words. We’ve all felt this at some time, and it’s the same for others. 

It’s these involuntary reactions that can reveal someone’s interest in you, perhaps even before they’re fully aware of it themselves.

As author Wendy L. Patrick explained in a Psychology Today post, “Nervous reactions signaling interpersonal attraction include positive affect such as smiling and laughing..” 

So you’ve noticed people seeming unusually flustered, stumbling over their words, or exhibiting nervous tics like playing with their hair or fidgeting with objects in your presence; it may actually be a sign that they are attracted to you. 

7) People just seem to gravitate toward you

This one should come as no surprise, but it’s worth mentioning all the same. 

If you find people initiating conversations or seeking your company during gatherings, it’s a clear indicator of your innate appeal. This gravitational pull isn’t about physical looks alone; it’s about the energy you project into the world.

Your likely positive demeanor may not only make you attractive but also enhance the mood and experiences of those in your company, making every interaction with you a sought-after one.

Psychology underscores the power of positive emotions and their contagious nature. As per the “emotional contagion” theory, we subconsciously mimic the emotional expressions of those around us, leading to a shared emotional experience. 

The bottom line

That wraps it up for today, folks.  

If you’re ticking off multiple signs from this list, chances are, you’ve got a certain je ne sais quoi that others find compelling. 

Embrace these moments of recognition, and let them bolster your confidence and happiness.

Until next time. 

Mal James

Mal James

Originally from Ireland, Mal is a content writer, entrepreneur, and teacher with a passion for self-development, productivity, relationships, and business.

As an avid reader, Mal delves into a diverse range of genres, expanding his knowledge and honing his writing skills to empower readers to embark on their own transformative journeys.

In his downtime, Mal can be found on the golf course or exploring the beautiful landscapes and diverse culture of Vietnam, where he is now based.

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