Body Language In Relationships The Signs To Look For…

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 7 min.

Body language in relationships is complicated at any given moment in time, as most couples will have ups and downs. Reading a couple’s body language cues in the moment is difficult, but analyzing the whole picture can help build a deeper understanding of the state of a couple’s relationship.

There are many positive signs you can look out for, such as mirroring and matching, hugging, and touching each other regularly during their time together, positive eye contact and glances, sitting close to each other, walking side by side in time with each step and generally getting along when they are in the presents of others.

When you see one-way traffic or touching or kissing in public from a male, this is usually a form of territory control, dominance, or insecurity on the person trying to solicit the action, letting all the other males know this is his girl.

Body language often goes unnoticed in social interactions, yet it is an important form of communication that can reveal things about our intentions that we might not be able to say with just words.

It’s one way that couples maintain intimacy on a daily basis. They touch each other, look at each other, and are emotionally aware of what the other person needs.

How Body Language Affects Relationships

Body language can affect relationships if one side is sending the wrong signals. Most people are unaware of their body language and the cues they give off. If one-half of a couple has shame or guilt, this is usually given off in non-verbals without them know it. The person picking up the negative non-verbals will know something is up and may have to pay attention to pick up more clues about how the other person is feeling.

For example, if someone has a blank expression on their face or is avoiding eye contact, they might be feeling resentful towards each other.

On the other hand, when one half of the couple is displaying positive body language, this can create a great relationship as the other half will pick up the cues and reflect them back, creating a positive feedback loop or mirroring their body language.

Another example of a good sign that a couple is in sync with each other is if one person has a smile on their face and appears relaxed while talking to the other person.

There are many signs that a couple likes each other, such as whether they look comfortable or uncomfortable together.

How To Tell If A Couple Is In Love With Their Body Language Cues

In general, people in love will tend to show the following signs:

  1. Kissing each other or hugging each other frequently.
  2. Their body language will be more relaxed, open, and natural.
  3. They often laugh together and touch one another.
  4. They usually mirror body language or non-verbal’s.
  5. Move close together or sit next to each other.
  6. Gazing into each other eyes for prolonged periods of time.
  7. Glance around to see where each other are.

Generally speaking, when you see one of the above in a cluster over time, it’s likely that the couple in question is romantically involved.

What Are Body Language Signs Of Attraction

We tend to unconsciously give off body language signals of attraction when we are around someone we like. There is a huge difference between the way we behave, and the way we behave without this attraction.

The most common signs of attraction include:

  1. Leaning in towards each other.
  2. Gazing into each other’s eyes.
  3. Touching or holding hands.
  4. Standing close together.
  5. Touching feet under the table.
  6. Glancing.

Do you want to find out more about attraction? Check of if they are secretly in love with you here.

Couples Hugging Body Language And What It Means

When we look at couples and their body language, we can tell what state of mind they are in and what kind of relationship they have. There are many different types of hugs that couples can share with one another, and understanding the meaning behind them is the key to understanding the couple’s state of mind.

Different types of hugs:

The good hug: A hug in which both people exchange equal amounts of pressure and arm-length around each other.

The bad hug: The person receiving the hug may feel uncomfortable because this type of hug is unwanted. You will usually see that person pushing the other person away.

The power or dominance hug: A power hug is a one-sided embrace meant to show off dominance and superiority over someone else.

The greeting hug: A short embrace lasting no more than a few seconds.

Hugging someone is a great way to build rapport or to welcome someone into your world. They are a little more friendly than a handshake and can mean a lot more in different cultures.

How To Tell If A Man Likes You With His Body Language

Body signs when a man likes you are pretty subtle when he is in the process of falling for you. Men are not always able to express their feelings, especially when they are in the very beginning stages of getting attracted to someone.

When a man likes you, he might show that he’s interested in you by touching your arms or hands or put his arm around your waist. He might also lean his head towards you when talking with you. If the two of you are sitting close enough he may even hold your hand.

Finally, if a man wants something more intimate with a woman it is possible that he will display interest by brushing her hair off her shoulder or kissing her on the cheek.

If you are interested in finding out more about if he really likes you, check out our other blog on love here.

Can You Tell Who Is In Charge Of The Relationship From Their Body Language

If you are looking to find out who is in charge in a relationship, you are looking for strong dominance signals. Usually, the person walking at the front, standing tall or upright, hands-on-hips, direct eye contact using good illustrators when talking. An alpha can be either male or female in a relationship. You can usually tell when you see them out and about.

How To Spot An Unhappy Couple With Their Body Language Cues

How To Spot An Unhappy Couple With Their Body Language Cues

Looking at the way that they interact with each other. For example, if one person starts to avoid being around the other person or if one person flips their body away from the other then it’s possible that there are problems in their relationship.

If you see crossed arms, body blocking, eyes rolling or eyelids blocking for longer than normal, looking to the ground, walking away, stern look or expression on the face.

Anything you deem as negative or closed body language is usually a sign of an unhappy couple.

We need to take into account our own biases when reading or analyzing body language to learn more about reading people. Check out this post on how to read body language.

Body Language Couples Standing Side By Side Real Meaning

Body Language Couples Standing Side By Side Real Meaning

As a person, your body language can say a lot about you. It can say a lot about your self-esteem and how you feel about yourself. If you have someone standing next to you, it says a little bit more.

A couple standing side by side is usually seen as a positive body language signal. It means they are in tandem and are mirroring each other subconsciously.

When you see a couple standing side by side, take a look at what else is going on around them to get a true read of the situation.

Relationship Body Language In Pictures

A picture speaks a thousand words. We all know this phrase. It’s more than just a saying, it’s true. A picture is worth more than any description you could ever come up with. This is why reading the body language of people in pictures can be so powerful. Check out a few pictures of couples below to see what you think they say to you.

Negative Body Language In Relationships — And What It Means

It is crucial for couples to be aware of their body language and how they react to each other in everyday life. This is because it can be a sign of their feelings and emotions which can also affect the relationship.

Body language is a form of non-verbal communication that people use to express themselves and their moods, desires, or attitudes. We all know that body language is one of the most powerful forms of communication that’s why negative body language has a dramatic effect in a relationship.

Negative body language can mean a variety of different things, including bad mood, illness, they don’t like you, they don’t love you anymore, they don’t agree with you, or they don’t like something you did to them.

If you would like to check out more on negative body language click here.


Body language is the non-verbal communication that your body sends to another person, which of course includes people you are interacting with face-to-face, but also people who are in pictures or video recordings of interviews or other interactions. There are some common and universal signals and cues that we know and read as humans, but there is also a lot that we don’t always understand because we’re not paying attention to it or because our culture doesn’t have the same meanings for those cues as another culture.

This is the same for couples when you read body language for the first time you are best to get a baseline of the couple if possible and then go from there. If you have enjoyed this blog check out other posts here.