Not friends but not dating
At this point, you need to come forward and admit your true feelings for this person, even if it means losing the friendship, or you need to back off from this person altogether," Sansone-Braff says., tells Bustle."Strong eye contact that results in a vibe that feels almost palpable, even if you're not reciprocating" can mean that your BFF wants to become a BF or GF.
"You want to spend as much time with them, of course," she says. Echoing other experts, Grant points to "physical attraction" and "jealousy." When you find yourself getting territorial, give some serious thought to your feelings for this person.If there's a certain glint in their eye, this may mean they're into you. "The biggest sign for me was when me and my now-wife were dating, I couldn't wait to see her," Rob Alex, who created Sexy Challenges and Mission Date Night with his wife, tells Bustle."I have had lots of great friends, but there is a magic in the air when that friendship moves to something stronger." Though you might not be sure at first, when you know, you know."You start sabotaging their relationship in subtle and not subtle ways," she says."For instance, if he tells you that she seems to be too busy to see him, you start filling his head with a million reasons why she just might not be that into him.When it gets to this point, it's already too late to put out the flames.
"Here's where you have to figure out if this person could turn out to be a friend with benefits, or if this could turn into a real relationship," she says.
"When you want to make out with and sleep with a friend, that’s no longer a friend."That line is crossed not when you act on your feelings, but when you simply feel them.
Watch out, though: "Those feelings of lust create dishonesty — you start criticizing your friend’s boyfriend or girlfriend, sometimes without even realizing, because you want to be that person, and you’re jealous of that relationship," Masini says.
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Here's how the scenario goes: "You thought he or she was just your friend, and you loved talking with this person and hanging out with him or her, but then you find out he or she is in a relationship, and all of a sudden, you start feeling jealous," Sansone-Braff says. "When you feel jealous of the other person's time away, other interests, or even love interests, that is the time to reflect on what this person means to you," Jansen says.