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Decoding dating signals

When a guy offers his palm to you faceup, you know hands down he's hooked.

To understand modern day nonverbal signals of attraction it is helpful to look at the history of where our body language comes from. "But a guy who has sex with you on the brain will stand less than an arm's length from you — or closer — because he's trying to connect physically and create intimacy."" /Whether it's you, your best friend, or the keg in the corner, whatever a boy aims his upper body at is the most meaningful thing in the room to him.So if one night, a tasty man-morsel approaches your posse, you and your friends won't need to fight for the fella's affections; study his body language and you'll already know who he's after.Anthropologists call it the eyebrow flash because it's usually lightning-quick.If he touches his belt, hangs his thumb off a front pocket, or even scratches himself down there, you may need to hose him down — he's subconsciously trying to draw your attention to his, ahem, assets.In normal interactions, men position themselves a foot and a half to 2 feet away.

But a guy who has sex with you on the brain will stand less than an arm's length from you or closer because he's trying to connect physically and create intimacy.

Although you may think he's smitten, he could be playing you.

Holding intense eye contact for more than five seconds doesn't happen naturally, so he may be using the look as a seduction technique to get you into bed.

There's a good chance this guy just wants a no-strings fling.

"A sneerlike grin is an indication that he's not being sincere with you," points out body language expert Patti Wood.

Body language is an essential ingredient of attraction. As a published Penguin author, Vanessa regularly speaks and appears in the media to talk about her research.