The Simplest Way To Tell If A Guy Likes You Enough For A Relationship

Being intimate with him doesn't guarantee he'll fall in love with you.

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If you're constantly falling into the rut of being intimate but not having a relationship, then you may be caught in an "almost relationship" loop. Almost all relationships are what happens when you meet a guy, and have great chemistry, and even though you're sure he likes you, he never seems to want more out of his time with you than just intimacy — no love. Let’s take a look at a common scenario. You meet a guy, you've got a lot in common, and maybe even an expressed desire for a relationship. After a handful of dates, things still seem to be going quite well.


Hallelujah,” you think. You've finally caught a real one! Within a short time in what seems like a natural progression, you start to become intimate. But soon after that, things seem to shift. His passion, interest, calls, texts, and asking for dates tend to trail off. Yet he always makes time for intimacy. You finally gather the courage to discuss what’s happening. Where do you stand? Are the feelings still mutual? Can he come as a date to your best friend’s wedding? You don’t get the response you’re hoping for. You hear something like, “Let’s just see what happens” or “I’m not looking for anything serious right now…” or similar. What a letdown. Not only that, but no sign or signal told you that things weren’t headed in the right direction.


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Here are 3 ways you're mistaking physical intimacy for love, and how to stop getting stuck in 'almost' relationships:

1. Being intimate doesn't cement your status as a couple

Why do these circumstances play out so frequently? Many women will be physical with men they are interested in having a relationship with, and they believe the feelings are reciprocated. Yet men who are not genuinely interested in having a relationship will continue the physical part of the relationship. Sometimes conflicted about their feelings, but more often unabashedly. When you find this information out, you're not just physically invested in this person, you're emotionally invested as well. Frequently, you'll proceed to justify your reasons to stick it out even after you get a lukewarm response to clarify your relationship status.

You think maybe he’ll change his mind, or perhaps you can look at this more casually, too. You essentially squash down your desires to maintain whatever semblance of a relationship you do have with this person. Ideally, if everything is going well, then intimacy should cement your status as a couple, shouldn’t it? Yet it doesn’t. Being intimate is more likely to be a precursor to hurt feelings if it doesn’t lead to what you imagine it to be in your head. Furthermore, the mixed message you're getting: Someone who's willing to exchange bodily fluids with you — not to mention the chance of creating another human being with you — doesn't want an actual relationship with you can be frustrating and confusing.

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2. You're jumping into bed before you understand where he's at emotionally

The antidote to this scenario is direct communication before you are intimate. This dialogue is risky and scary but will save you from repeating this painful pattern over and over. Once you are intimate, there’s no going back. There’s no shifting into reverse … no rewinding the tape … no “do-over.” Think long and carefully if you are ready to take the relationship to the next level. But this is only half the equation, too. You must make sure he is emotionally available before you become intimate if that's what you're looking for.

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You both must agree about where you both stand and where you’re heading. If you can’t talk about it, you certainly aren’t ready to increase the intimacy. His actions and words must align. His behavior should be thoughtful, transparent, reliable, consistent, honest, and emotionally engaged. It takes time to learn whether your potential boyfriend has these qualities. When considering his actions, don't equate being intimate as an action indicative of love or desire for a relationship. Anyone can easily make advances or be intimate. Being physical with him is the lowest bar you can set for him. Enjoy the exciting phase of a budding relationship without rushing it. If he cares and wants to be with you, the intimacy will be viewed as the icing on the cake, and he’ll be willing to wait until you feel comfortable.

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3. You mistake his desire for intimacy as a sign that he wants a relationship

The most straightforward reason guys are willing to be intimate with you (but not a full-blown relationship) is that you let them. You're also accountable for what's happening in these situations. If you didn’t ask where you stand, allow ample time to see if his words and actions line up, or choose to do it anyway even when you find out he doesn’t have the same relationship goals as you, then you're complicit, even if it’s unintentional.

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Some men will also verbalize that they only want something casual, but you refuse to believe it. Other men come on super strong, pushing for intimacy very early. These are red flags that you shouldn’t ignore. Being intimate does not equal mutual feelings or shared relationship goals. Clarify what you want and who you want it from. Listen and believe men who say (or show) that they do not reciprocate your feelings. Set yourself free from these “almost relationships” that leave you feeling used and heartbroken.

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Dr. Marni Feuerman is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, relationship expert, and author of Ghosted and Breadcrumbed: Stop Falling for Unavailable Men and Get Smart about Healthy Relationships.