Whether you've always had a massive crush on your best friend or you just realized that your gym buddy is kind of hot, you may be wondering: Should you start dating your friend? As Bianca from 10 Things I Hate About You would remind you, the difference between like and love can mean liking your Sketchers but loving your Prada backpack. Of course, for the people out there who aren't living in a '90s rom-com, differentiating between liking and loving someone can feel nearly impossible. (Just ask the French — they have one word that means both!)
"A friendship can bring two people closer on many levels that make dating a natural next step," Dr. Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and host of The Kurre and Klapow Show, tells Elite Daily. "It's often the case that when two people say and indeed feel they are just friends, there are actually stronger emotions brewing, growing, and developing."
If you're starting to feel some feelings for a friend, you may be stuck between a mixture of like and love. And if you're wondering if it's time to turn up the heat with your BFF, look out for these six signs.