She Seems Interested. Am I Blind to the Signs?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

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Reader Question:

Maybe I’m blind, but a gal I’m interested in seems to be interested in me. I get the light touching, big eyes, etc. When she texts, she will often send smiley faces at the end. The issue is we work for the same company, different departments. She said she will not date a co-worker, not that we are in point of fact. She even said she is very particular about who she lets into her private life and then let me in.

Am I just a slow, dimwitted man who is blind to the signs?

-Nick (Colorado)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:


Maybe you are slow or maybe she’s giving you so many mixed signals that you can’t make heads or tails of it. So, to help you out, I’ve made a careful list of all the signals and their potential meaning:

1. Light touching — Good sign she’s interested.

2. Big eyes — If the eye contact lasts more than two seconds, she’s physically attracted to you.

3. Smiley faces when she texts — means nothing. Women use emoticons in business and pleasure equally.

4. She said she will not date a co-worker — It only means she’s trying to show you she has ethics and may need help in negotiating her boundaries. I’d bring this subject up again.

5. Tells you she doesn’t let many people into her private life and then let you in — You’re in!

My advice. Move slowly. Stay friends for a while. When in doubt, talk (not text!) about it. Good luck!

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