There might be a problem with your guy…or maybe Gossip Girl is making you paranoid. When in doubt, sit back and watch him.
By Bethany Heitman
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His Throat Gets Dry
Keeping something from you makes him nervous, and his body actually goes into freak-out mode. "When a secret is big enough that he's worried he may lose something important if it's revealed, research shows that his esophageal muscles will start to constrict, causing his throat to dry up," says Janine Driver, president of The Body Language Institute and author of You Say More Than You Think. "So if he begins swallowing a lot during your conversation, it's because he's trying to loosen up those throat muscles." Pay attention to the topic you hit on when this happens - it will give you a hint as to what his secret relates to.
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He Wants More Sex
Yes, maybe he's just extra horny or you're looking extra hot, but a sudden surge in his sexual appetite can also be a sign that something's awry. "A man who's hiding something won't want to connect emotionally through conversation because he's afraid if he does, he'll spill the secret," says Krista Bloom, PhD, a psychologist in Florida. "Instead, because he loves you, he'll look to fill that void by connecting with you physically." But since various things can cause a spike in a guy's sex drive - like an awesome shift in your relationship sparked by, say, getting engaged - don't accuse him of anything without ruling out other explanations.
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He Gives Too Many Details
Don't be fooled by a guy who offers up tons of minor bits of information about where he's been or what he's been doing. At first, it may seem that because he can describe so much, he must be truthful. But he could actually be trying to cover his ass. "If he's telling a story and you notice he's peppering it with insignificant details, that's a warning sign," says Driver. "This is especially true if you detect a lot of pauses, because it means he's trying to come up with more facts." Think about it: When you're speaking honestly, you never actually go into all the minutiae - like the name of the bartender or what color the walls were - because you don't retain that superfluous info in everyday life.
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Pay close attention to what he does with his hands if you're sensing he's concealing something, says Driver. "When a person suddenly buries his hands or even touches one body part to another, like by holding the back of his neck, it could be his way of comforting himself because he knows he's doing something wrong." There's one caveat: Some guys naturally stand with their hands in their pockets. So if this is a normal stance for your man, don't immediately assume he's a liar.
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