6 signs a man loves you even if he doesn’t say it, according to psychology

Nothing makes me more anxious than not knowing where I stand with a guy. For real.

The dates might be hot, the conversation might be killer, and the compatibility might be off the charts—but there will often be one little detail that is completely driving me nuts. 

Yep, you guessed it: the “I love you” predicament.

Now, we have all been there. It’s that mystery of trying to decode his every word, every text, and the way he looks at you over dinner.

I know that waiting for a guy to drop those three not-so-little words can be particularly excruciating when you are deep in the feels.

So, we might as well try and find the bright side, right?

If you’re anxious that the man in your life hasn’t said the words “I love you”, I have good news for you. He might say it sooner than you think!

Research in the US has found that, “contrary to gender stereotypes” there is plenty of evidence to suggest “that men are more likely to confess love first.”

Until then, here are six psychology-backed signs he loves you, even if he hasn’t said it aloud yet.

Starting with a big one: he is concerned about your wellbeing.

1) He expresses genuine concern or care for you

If you are looking for a huge, outspoken display of love: stop right there! I mean it. Take a breather.

If you are too heavily focused on hearing those three special words, you might just miss all the smaller, subtle ways he is quietly showing his love for you. And trust me, they will be there.

A study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that one subtle sign of love is concern, especially “the expression of concern for the good of our partner.”

So, what might this look like for you?

This could mean he rocks up to change your tire, or heads over to walk your labrador when you are tied up with a busy day at the office.

Of course, these expressions of concern will be different for us all.

But if he is going to the trouble of doing things for you, and showing that your wellbeing matters to him, it means he is probably experiencing loving feelings for you.

Why? Well, when a man loves you, your joy and contentment becomes intertwined with his. 

So, pay close attention to his actions because it may just point towards a (loving) shift in priorities.

2) He is super affectionate with you

Is this guy unable to keep his hands off you? Then it might be his way of expressing what his words cannot.

A study in the The Journal of Social Psychology found that “expressions of affection are thought to be decisive moments for the advancement of romantic relationships.”

Basically, this means that by being physically close with you, he is working his way up to loving you. Or, he might already be there!

This might just arrive in the form of hugs, kisses, and hand-holding—yep, all that good stuff!

But it goes a little deeper. It’s a warm, lingering hug. Not the brief kind, either, but one that echoes a depth of emotion. You know the kind.

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the tender kiss on your forehead. Not a casual peck, but something much heartfelt.

But why is this important? Well, as we all know, actions often go way, way beyond words.

These affectionate gestures, be they hugs, kisses, or hand-holding, are the non-verbal—yet precious—expressions of love.

3) He struggles to focus on other areas of life

Is your man a tad oblivious to the rest of the world whenever you’re around?

Then the L word might not be too far from his lips…

Research in Motivation and Emotion, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, explored a sign of love as “an obsession-like focus to the special other.”

This laser focus is a silent admission that you have become a huge part of his life. So, congrats!

Maybe he is engrossed in a chat with you, while his mates engage in banter around him. Maybe his favorite football team is playing on the screen behind your head, but he hasn’t looked up once.

But when you two are together, it’s as if all of these other things—things he genuinely cares about—fade away into the background, and his attention becomes trained on you. 

His heightened awareness of you gives off the vibe that he is into you

And his interest goes beyond the ordinary. Yep, it’s a connection that runs deep.

4) He experiences a calm kind of attachment to you

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This one might surprise you, because it’s a little different from the rest.

That’s correct—it’s not that laser focus, or the hands all over you obsession, it’s the ability to just chill.

A study in the Frontiers in Psychology journal found that “romantic love can progress into feelings of calm attachment.”

So, what does this actually mean? Well, it can be almost as if he finds peace and serenity in your company. 

You soothe him, and make him feel very safe indeed. He sees you as a positive, constant presence in his life.

This man of yours might not announce his love with a whole lot of fanfare, but he will carve out a warm space in his heart just for you. 

5) He naturally and deeply empathizes with you

When life gets a little rough, is this guy there for you? And I mean really there?

A study by Fairfield University’s Department of Psychology explores one crucial factor of love as being “the extent to which partners empathize with each other’s emotional experiences.”

Have you noticed how he listens with genuine curiosity and focus, not just waiting for his chance to pipe up?

This means that he is emotionally empathetic with you, and in turn, he is well and truly smitten with you!

In this sense, he authentically cares for you, expressing how he comprehends your struggles and genuinely sympathizes with you.

When it comes to love, empathy is a real game-changer. It hints that he sees you not just as a short-term lover, but as a partner whose highs and lows he wants to share in 

6) He makes an effort in communicating with you

Even if he hasn’t said it in words, he probably already loves you if he makes the effort to chat with you in a meaningful, sustained way.

And the psychology backs this up.

Research in the journal EPJ Data Science found that those in love tend to “deliberately invest more time in communication so as to reinforce their social bonding” and prolong their relationships.

This might look like your man consistently hitting you up with thoughtful text messages, or calling to check in at the end of a long and tiring day.

Researchers continued: “Even though the advent of new technologies has introduced a number of new communication channels, the maintenance of relationships still requires investment of considerable time and effort.”

And they are right. If he is intentionally maintaining a steady flow of communication, with time and effort, this is a man who is genuinely interested in keeping the connection flowing.

Yep, he is making a deliberate emotional investment in you.

Final thoughts

So, in short, keep your patience! I know it can feel super frustrating, waiting for those three words, but it is well worth the wait.

In the meantime, you can try and decode the hints he is dropping.

And these clues start with communication, communication, communication. Is he putting in loads of effort to keep the conversation alive? If so, take it as a major green flag.

Next, empathy. A guy who’s into you will not only hear your words but tune into your emotions on a deeper level.

Of course, there’s focus. When a guy is falling in love, his attention will be directed on you—and you might just feel like the center of his world.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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