Why Does A Guy Stare At A Woman But Not Approach

Guy Staring At Woman

Guys will stare and it’s inevitable fact that most of them, will NEVER approach a woman. The reasons why are actually simple so let’s get right to it so you can get back to that hopefully cute guy who was checking you out and not saying a word.

Some, actually guys fear the approach as much or even more than speaking in public and if you know how scary that can be for people, that is a lot of fear.

They get way too nervous.

They think way too much about what to say and if they can not come up with something clever, they don’t, won’t or never will approach a woman.

Some even think you’re amazingly hot and can only think of telling you how beautiful they think you are. (A comment they know every guy has already said to you sometimes a thousand times.)

Here’s a fact:

Men are not conversational driven like women which presents many more problems on top of the nervousness.

They’re not taught how to approach a woman in school or anywhere.

They have to rely on their friends to help them and since many of them, don’t know how to do it themselves, there’s not much knowledge being passed on. Of course there’s you tube, movies, and pick up ebook and programs but it’s safe to say most guys won’t or don’t get the right education on “picking up” women or girls which become another problem in itself.

You can assume most guys are nice and seeking help through a pick-up book is not something they will ever invest in because they don’t want to pick up women. They merely want to talk to the woman they’re staring at because… and here it is…

They’re feeling instantly attracted to the object of their stares!

Here’s the whole of the problem:

They’re feeling nervous and believe being nervous around a woman is not attractive – one reason to not approach.

They don’t know what to say which will make it feel like they’re not trying to pick you up. Anything they come up with in their head, if anything does beyond “Hello” feels like a pick up line and they simply do not want some pretty girl think they’re a sleazy player pick-up dude just trying to get in your pants.

Another reason to just sit back and stare.

Some men also don’t really know how to talk to a woman let alone make a public approach to a stranger. Yes, men suffer from stranger danger too but in a way that’s a little different.

They fear public rejection. They imagine the worst scenario. They become so wrapped up in their own projected future thoughts it compounds the fear and just choose to remain silent.

Some DO understand women are not solely into looks and you might think that’s a good thing, but to a guy, it’s not. When they consider how much attraction needs to be created through their body language, attitude, social status, and conversational approach – the pressure mounts and starts running through their entire body and more.

Because now they believe if they screw up the conversation and (any or all) of the so-called attraction triggers they must create in you (after the approach) you’ll never give them a chance. Hence the fear of rejection continues to grow at an alarming rate.

A guy stares at a woman and does not approach because he’s nervous, doesn’t know what to say, fears being publicly rejected and humiliated which will all but destroy his confidence.

Guys Checking Out Staring At Girls

By now it’s safe to assume you are wondering WHY is he staring then and that’s a great question I hear a lot. No worries – I’m going to reveal that too although I did mention it a few paragraphs ago.

He likes what he sees. He’s feeling instant attraction. 99 or more time out of a 100 it’s pure physical ATTRACTION!

This is how the “notice her and don’t approach” goes most of the time for men:

We notice her from afar. Wow. She’s hot. A friend might even smack them on the arm and say,

Dude. Look at her. She’s incredible.

We would check her out casually and turn away quickly when she caught us. Yeah, we try to be all smooth about it thinking you didn’t notice… but you did or else you wouldn’t be here on this article today.

We don’t want her to think we’re like every other “creepy” guy. We don’t want her to think we were objectifying her body even though in part, we were. Can you blame us. You’re quite hot!

Let’s say we’re out playing pool and notice you. We will use every opportunity to admire your beauty but of course at the same time find every excuse to not approach her:

  • She probably has a boyfriend or worse yet married.
  • She wouldn’t like us.
  • We could embarrass ourselves if she shot us down.
  • If we only knew what to say to get her interested but doubt “that’s” going to happen.
  • What if she says something hurtful or worse yet, calls us an ugly loser… ouch!
  • Who are we to believe we could ever have a woman like you. We’ve never even been given the opportunity before so we wouldn’t even know what to do if she talked back. Ahhh yes, the very real and compounding fear of success!
  • We could stutter like some fool and look totally pathetic.

Hopefully you can now see the full effect of our attraction towards you, what goes on inside our minds, and why you find most men will not approach you but continue to stare.

Let’s go deeper into the “Staring” part so you can fully understand why and how it happens.

Men are generally drawn to the physical attributes on a woman as if you didn’t already know it, but there may be some details you’re not aware of that is happening which is associated with the fear of approach.

When we see a girl that we are highly attracted to there’s a mysterious force ( attraction ) which draws our eyes to her. Some guys stare right at the breasts. Some try to position themselves to check out her ass. It all depends on the “type” of guy.

Some gaze at her eyes hoping and praying she will approach him and magically they will run off together. Okay this one is absurd but believe me, it does happen.

This staring mechanism goes deep and the feelings or imagery create last a really long time. That’s how effective and powerful it is for us.

I remember seeing this incredible woman at a baseball game and by the end of the ninth inning my mind had us doing the boyfriend and girlfriend stuff together. Sure it was pathetic but let’s not focus on how sad and lonely it was for me during those times.

Well let me tell you I can’t remember a thing about who won the game or who was playing, but I still can see her in my mind… and that was over twenty years ago.

Consider this…

If the attraction mechanism that is put inside a guy is that powerful, just imagine how powerful the fear associated with approaching a woman is too.

Man Fear Danger Approach

Now think back to how all this started. You know, before our modern social world was built. Years ago we could get smacked up pretty hard for approaching the wrong woman. We could even lose our lives.

Imagine a group of 20 humans living as animals in the wild. Chances are during our small lifetime we would be extremely lucky to even come across another group.

Therefore if we were to approach a woman we felt attracted to and failed, we could ruin our chances with every available woman in the group. On top of all we’ve covered today – this fear – is very real because it feels like if we screw it up with one woman – every other woman sees it and therefore we’ve blown our chances with them also.

We realize it’s not true but remember, it FEELS that way so it become very real to us.

Let’s wrap this all up with a few reminders or points so you can get back to whatever you were doing before you cam here.

Hmmm I wonder how many of you actually googled this question on your phone while some guy, at this very moment was staring at you and not approaching – feel free to leave your story or comment below because it’s something I am very curious to know.

Man Staring Into Distance

Guys stare because they’re feeling attracted to one or more physical features on you. It varies from man to man although there are some features most men are agreeable attracted to under any circumstance.

We won’t, don’t, or feel we can not approach because:

A fear of failure, public rejection, and sometimes the very real fear success. (Yes, getting you to talk to us is one thing but then what do we do if we succeed in that.)

Not knowing what to say, how to say, how to act, or basically how to approach a woman we’re attracted to which causes us to overthink, become nervous, and freeze up internally. Read exactly what’s goes on inside a man’s mind during this phase in my article so eloquently titled: What Goes On Inside His Mind – From The Moment Of Approach And Beyond.

Some men at some point did gather their courage and approached some woman they were checking out and was interested in meeting and it didn’t go well. Maybe it was him screwing it up and just maybe the woman (or women) made them feel like a loser and publicly humiliated them causing them to relive the same feelings of anxiousness over and over again.

Anxiety and nervousness based on old “fight or flee” modes experienced long ago which still run through our bodies. Back when approaching the wrong woman at the wrong time could easily lead to death or forever being banned from finding a mate.

We didn’t mention this but it is very real: Some women appear unapproachable to us. As if they’re doing everything they can (knowingly or not) to make themselves less available to start a conversation.

Whether it’s a look, surrounding yourself in a group, nervousness yourself, not paying attention or noticing what is happening, some women just put out a vibe,

“Do NOT under any circumstance approach me. I do NOT want to talk to you or anyone. Stay away please!”

You can read more about that problem in this article: The Number One Reason Men Won’t Approach You Even When He Notices You.

Guys stare at women, check them out, eye them from afar because it’s a driving force behind how their initial attraction triggers work. And it feels GOOD to experience that attraction so we want or sometimes can not help ourselves from doing it.

More than 99% of the time, when a guy is staring at you it’s because he sees something he likes. He’s feeling ATTRACTED to you. Something about you is triggering an instinctual emotion which has been around a very long time.

It does NOT matter how attractive you think you are at that stage (mostly) or how you’re dressed, where you’re going what you’re doing, who you’re with, whether you’re married, engaged, in a relationship, NOTHING makes a difference.

If we feel attracted to you we’re more likely to check you out and for some guys this leads to stares, glances, up to and unfortunately including creepy longing looks which become all too annoying and confusing at the same time IF you don’t know why it’s happening or the guy doing it.

This concludes today’s episode of The Secret Dirty Truth About Men – make sure you sign up below for more great stuff on understanding men and all our secrets…

Your guy friend… Pete  (Peter White)

104 comments… add one
  • Confused

    My co worker is constantly staring at me, like for awhile, and usually goes like he wants to say something but doesnt.
    Hes a quiet and shy guy and I’m a very friendly person. But hes aware that I’m attracted to him. Word got around, and I eventually told him, even attempted to presume him. But he kind of rejected me…3 times?
    There’s no awkwardness between us because of the rejection. I’m fine with it. Hes still stares and says hi to me more often now than before and tries to strike up a conversation with me as often as possible.
    Hes the most confusing person I’ve met.
    I’ve accepted that he’s not interested in me and have move on. But our coworkers say he still blushes when I come around.


    • Peter White

      The quick answer – some guys want to do the chasing. They want to attract you. Him knowing you’re attracted to him could lessen his want to do anything about it.

      Doesn’t sound like the case here though.

      Most likely he has little confidence, “know-how” or skills to proceed with a woman. This matter is made worse when he knows another is already into him because it puts pressure on him to “perform” up to what he feels like is expected of him… from you. It’s very generally called a fear of success. Had it myself for years. I’d ruin it with lots of women because I was afraid (or didn’t feel confident) in taking the next step.

      You’ll find this very common among shy guys.

      Hope that helps you and best of luck.

      Your guy friend,

  • Sharon

    I have seen a man around my area,but the few times i have onliy seen the side of his face,but for some unknown reason it got my attention,then some months later i was on the bus minding my own business,someone on the opposite seat got up,i saw a man and just smiled at him and looked out the window,then i noticed he was still standing watching me,i turned round and looked into the most intense blue eyed look,he moved away and turned back round to look at me,then i realised it was the man,who i had seen (side face) and thought i was out of his league or too young for me,we ended up just smiling and looking at each otheri could’t beleive he was so handsome,but i was waiting for him to talk to me and i knew he got up 2 stops earkier to get my attention,i know where he normally gets off,but he just got off still looking at me and still looked at me through the window and stayed there until the bus was out of sight,since then i have not seen him and i knew back then i could of talk to him,but i wanted to see what he was going to do,i can’t beleive a handsome man like that could be nervous of me,when i was giving him the green light to approach me,a year on i still look for him and it was just a week ago i saw him,but as the bus passed,i got off and took a bus back,but he and his friend was gone by then,but i’m not giving up

  • Kayann

    There is this guy at my church who stares at me everytime. I often times catch his stare and we share eye contact for at least a 5-8 seconds. I always look away first lol. When we are having conversations it seems as if no one or anything else is around as he hold eye contact with me. Even when I look away then look back him he is still looking at me. I think he likes me but idk y he just won’t brave up and let me know.

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