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In this article, we’ll be discussing why a guy might suddenly avoid making eye contact with you. 

Nonverbal communication like eye contact can convey a wide range of emotions and intentions. It can also provide cues about a person’s level of confidence, trustworthiness, and engagement in a conversation.

You may be reading this perhaps because your partner has suddenly started acting weird to you, like avoiding eye contact, especially when you’re having a conversation with him.

Or maybe you have a crush on someone and just when you felt things were starting to get good for you he suddenly started avoiding eye contact with you.

Could it be something you said or did? You can’t seem to wrap your head around it. Or maybe it’s him. Something might be going on with him but he doesn’t seem to be saying anything.

As the saying goes “the eye is the portal to the soul”, there may be things he doesn’t want you to find out (yet).

Well, whichever category you may fall into, we’ll try to find possible reasons for this sudden act. His avoiding eye contact with you could be for either good or not-so-good reasons.

1. Guilt

One reason why he may avoid eye contact with you could be because he feels guilty about something. Guilt can weigh heavily on a person’s mind, causing them to avoid eye contact as if it were a physical manifestation of their wrongdoing. 

People avoid eye contact when they feel guilty because it can be a sign of discomfort, shame, or dishonesty. Making eye contact with someone can make them feel exposed and vulnerable, and it can also be an indication that they are hiding something. Additionally, avoiding eye contact can be a way to avoid confrontation or to avoid being caught in a lie.

Here’s the thing: 

The human conscience is powerful. It’s like a spotlight shining on our wrongdoing, and we can’t bear to look at it, let alone face it head-on. And his avoidance of eye contact may be a way for him to avoid confronting his guilt and the consequences of his actions.

2. He might have a crush on you

Now, this could be a possible reason he’s avoiding eye contact with you, that’s if you’re not dating yet. It could be that he’s developed feelings for you and now he’s shy and feels nervous when he looks at you. 

When we are attracted to someone, our minds can become filled with all sorts of thoughts and emotions, making it difficult to focus on anything else. 

Additionally, the fear of rejection or embarrassment can cause someone to avoid eye contact, as they may feel like they are giving away their feelings too easily. He might be unsure about his feelings and doesn’t want to give away any indication of his interest in you. 

Maybe he’s finding it difficult for him to act the same way around you now that he has a crush on you. He sees you differently now and perhaps he’s hoping to not just be friends with you anymore, and seeing you with other guys can make things even more difficult for him,

[Also read: 13 Sure Signs Your Guy Friend Likes You]

3. Anxiety

It could be that he struggles with social anxiety and avoiding eye contact may be one of his defense mechanisms.

Try to imagine a world where every time you make eye contact with someone, your mind is flooded with a tsunami of anxious thoughts. You worry that they will judge you, that they can see through your façade, that they will reject you. These thoughts are so overwhelming that they make it difficult for you to focus on anything else.

Avoiding eye contact could be a way to protect himself from the intense anxiety that comes with interacting with others. By not making eye contact, he can avoid the added pressure of trying to read your expression and instead focus on just getting through the interaction.

This act should make you feel like he doesn’t want to be friendly or approachable. It’s simply a coping mechanism for his social anxiety. 

4. He may be feeling self-conscious

A guy might avoid eye contact with a girl he likes if he is feeling self-conscious about his appearance. 

Most people care about how they look. And the way we dress helps in boosting our self-esteem. We may not often do this consciously but whenever we’re not so proud of the way we look or what we’re putting on, we usually try to avoid socializing.

I don’t know if this happens to everybody but sometimes when I step out of the house not looking as dope as I want to, I usually pray in my heart for people not to recognize me. Guess what? That’s the day I’d become popular.

Maybe it’s not the way he dresses that he’s conscious about. It could be that he has a scar he doesn’t want you to notice because he fears that you might laugh at him or judge him like others. So, he avoids eye contact with you to avoid drawing your attention to that scar. 

[Read: 7 Signs Your Boyfriend Wants to Breakup (Even if He isn’t Saying it)]

5. He may be feeling overwhelmed or stressed 

Stress is like a heavy weight on his shoulders, pulling down his gaze and making it hard for him to look others in the eye. It’s as if the weight of his worries and fears is too much to bear, causing him to retreat into himself and avoid making direct contact with others. 

His eyes may dart around nervously, unable to hold steady and make that connection. It’s not that he doesn’t want to, but the stress is making it difficult for him to focus and feel at ease in social situations. Try to notice if it’s just you he does this with or other people too.

6. He could be depressed

Depression can cloud the mind, making it hard to see clearly or focus on anything for too long. For someone struggling with depression, making eye contact can feel like staring into the sun, too bright and overwhelming to bear. 

It’s not that they don’t want to look at you, it’s just that the weight of their own thoughts and emotions is making it hard for them to lift their gaze. They may feel like they are constantly walking through a dark tunnel, and making eye contact is like trying to peek out into the light, but it’s too bright and they can’t handle it. 

They are not avoiding eye contact because they are rude or don’t care, they are just struggling to keep their head above water and make sense of their own feelings. 

What you can do for them as a friend is to be patient and let them know you’re always there for them if they need your help.

7. He’s having a financial crisis 

This is only a possible reason if you’re already dating. 

He may be thinking he has disappointed you or he’s not that he won’t be able to fulfill his promise of taking good care of you. Maybe he hasn’t gotten the courage yet to explain the details of his financial troubles.

Out of embarrassment and shame, he does not want to let you in with his financial problems. So, he avoids eye contact as a way to avoid any difficult conversations about money and to protect you from stress and possibly disappointment.

Interesting: 15 Possible Reasons Why Your Boyfriend Is Ignoring You

8. He may be having a downtime

He may be experiencing personal problems that are causing him to feel overwhelmed and emotionally drained. He may be going through a difficult time in his life and doesn’t want to burden you with his problems. 

He may also feel embarrassed or ashamed about his personal struggles and doesn’t want you to see him in a vulnerable state. Also, he may be struggling to cope with his emotions and is avoiding eye contact as a way to keep them in check. 

Whatever the reason may be, his avoidance of eye contact is likely a sign that he is going through a tough time and needs space and time to work through his personal issues. 

This shouldn’t get you angry but rather be understanding of his feelings and respectfully give him space to get through whatever he’s facing and be available when he needs someone to talk to.

Final words

A guy avoiding eye contact can be a sign of various emotions and thoughts. It is important to remember that everyone experiences and processes emotions differently. If your partner or friend is suddenly avoiding eye contact, it’s important to have an open and honest conversation with them about how they are feeling. 

Whether it’s due to shyness, insecurity, or something else, talking about it can help to resolve the issue and strengthen your relationship. Remember, communication is key in any relationship.

[Related: 10 Sure Signs He’s Fighting His Feelings For You]

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