Falling in love is a feeling unlike any other, though sometimes it can be hard to differentiate whether a girl simply likes you or is in love with you. Whether you're thinking about changing your platonic friendship into romance or taking a more serious turn in your current relationship, you can minimize the chance of mixed signals by being able to identify the signs of a woman falling in love versus someone simply being friendly.
One of love's most telling visual cues lies within the eyes of your female admirer. Feelings of affection, even passionate love, have been related to the amount of direct eye contact made between individuals, according Joan Kellerman of the Agoraphobia Treatment and Research Center of New England in a 1989 study published in the Journal of Research in Personality. This research found that gazing into one another's eyes can lead to increased feelings of love, especially if there is an underlying romantic interest already in place.
Love Can Be Consuming
Whether she's wondering how you're doing while at work, daydreaming about your weekend or planning to do something nice for you, engaging in thought about you may be another sign that she is in love. Even simple gestures such as regular texts, phone calls or attempts to hang out can indicate that the woman in your life has feelings of love and affection for you. Feelings of love can mimic neurochemical and hormonal function of individuals diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to psychiatrist Donatella Marazziti of the University of Pisa. This finding shows how overpowering feelings of love can be for some individuals.
She's a Giver
A woman in love may try to show her affections by giving. Whether she's giving gifts and time or performing acts of kindness, giving is a cue that she is in love. You can show your appreciation and acceptance of her feelings by taking her up on her offers, favors and gifts, according to psychologist Jeremy Nicholson in "Make Them Love You by Taking (Not Giving)" for Psychology Today. Nicholson suggests that the principle of reciprocity can have a more profound effect on the giver than the receiver, meaning that while you may be wooed by her kind acts, the woman giving you her attention can feel a sense of investment and love.
If the woman in your life goes out of her way to be in your presence and seems to only have eyes for you, it may be a sign that she is falling in love. This is especially true if she expresses interest in spending time with you while ignoring advances made by other eligible eligible individuals in her dating pool.
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