You've bumped into her three times already. Each time you see her, your heart seems to leap into your throat. You can't even form a coherent sentence: You're gargling words like an infant.
But this is the struggle of numerous men on campus, on shop floors and even in the lobbies of your local office buildings. But don't worry: Here are some subtle signs that will let you know whether or not she's into you.
1. She flutters her eyes.
Eyes are the windows to the soul (as they say). Eyes are always the initial indicator of interest, which is why I placed them first on this list. Your eyes widen when you become surprised or elated. Your eyes also shift when you're feeling sultry or sinister.
Most of your eye expressions are involuntary. You don't remind yourself to blink, do you?
It's strange, but women seem to blink at a more rapid rate when they're in the middle of a conversation with someone they find attractive. If there's prolonged eye contact between the two of you, take it as a good sign.
2. She plays with her hair.
I love the power of subtle moves like this. Some of the sexiest women exude their charms through their hair.
Simple gestures such as flipping her hair behind her shoulder, twirling her strands into little ringlets or running her fingers across her collarbone all serve one purpose: to bring attention to her face.
3. She mirrors your behavior.
You're deep in discussion about something or the other. You've gone off on a tangent. You're completely engaged in the point you're making.
Then, for just a second or a moment, your concentration is broken by the way she's looking at you and studying you. You can tell she's completely enamored by you.
The way a woman sits when she's in the company of someone she is physically attracted to can be very revealing. If she's sitting with her feet facing the direction of the person she's speaking to, he is most likely the receiver of her affection. If her shoulders are relaxed and facing him, that's another sign.
But remember: If she's seated and rather fidgety – like maybe she keeps crossing and uncrossing her legs – it hints at her reserved interest.
4. She likes your touch.
If you've been hanging out with this lady for a while and she's grown comfortable around you, she will feel compelled to lean in and touch you at some point. Something mild and sincere like brushing your arm can be seen as a simple hint of physical attraction.
But don't get carried away. Follow her lead and take it slow. Observe her and mirror her behavior.
5. She laughs at everything you say.
If she's smiling – or better, pouting – you're on the right course. This is even more true if she tilts her head and offers you a quizzical look at the same time.
This means you're making great progress. If you make weak jokes and they're received with a hearty laugh, stop and ask her out immediately.
6. She kisses you a bit too close to the lips.
I live in Europe. and the typical way to greet people there is to kiss them once on both cheeks. This is murky territory, as it normally isn't a sign unless you've known each other for a while. Slow, lingering kisses should also make you a little curious.
Be wary of other social settings as well, especially if you're meeting at a bar. I mean, after a few drinks, one can miss, right?
7. She buys you things.
A friend has the scope and humor to purchase a completely irrelevant and useless gift.
Someone who is interested in you romantically will purchase something that will help you grow, mold and possibly better your life.