9 Types of Hugs Guys Give

Have you ever been hugged by a guy and wondered…

“What was that?!”

All you really knew about this hug was that it seemed far from normal. It might have even been abnormal.

Now you’re left wondering, “What was he thinking?” He had to have been thinking something to give you such an odd feeling hug.

Of course, he was thinking something. But he wouldn’t dare tell you the truth because, as it turns out, most people (especially men) want to avoid discomfort and awkward conversations!

So let’s analyze these awkward types of hugs and figure out what the guy is actually thinking and what it means for your friendship (or relationship). Is it a hidden signal or is it a passive aggressive stunt? Here are nine unusual hugs that women sometimes get from their male “friends” as well as their hidden meanings.

1. The Lingering Hug

Lingering hugs usually mean he doesn’t want the moment to end. He might like you or he might have something more to say to you…that he just can’t say at the present time. He wants to keep you there, in that moment. He finds comfort in your arms and in your presence. It’s a good sign.

2. The Touchy-Feely Hug

This is a bit of a creeper hug, especially if you’re not very close. It’s a positive sign, at least in the sense that he wants to make out. Touchy feely hugs include rubbing your neck, back, arms, shoulders, or anything else that feels invasive. It’s a good sign for romantically linked partners, not so good for strangers.

3. The One-Armed Hug

This is a nice hug, but it gives off a feeling of brotherly affection, more so than romantic attraction. He thinks highly of you and enjoys the connection. He feels comfortable touching you. But whether or not he’s smitten remains a big question mark. Usually, guys that are into you don’t take this kind of chance, since it’s a fairly invasive move that only platonic friends make.

4. The Limp Hug

The limp-hug or rag-doll hug, is the exact opposite. He doesn’t feel much of anything for you. In fact, he’s resentful of the hug in the first place. He stands there, completely still, while you hug him…basically, it’s like hugging a statue!

There’s no lust here, and frankly, hardly any sign of friendship. She might even be offended at the fact that you touched him without consent. Yeeesh, just apologize and move on.

5. The Fast Hug

The fast hug is confusing because it seems like a real hug but ends just a few moments too soon. Is it possible he’s nervous? Or doesn’t want to be seen in public hugging you? Is he afraid of how you’ll judge him for hugging too long? It might even be possible the guy likes you but is in a big hurry!

The point is, he does like you but there’s something else bothering him at the moment. The good news is that he DID hug you and that means he feels comfortable with his arms around you.

6. The Pat Hug

This is usually a negative hug, since it’s characterized by awkward feelings. He hugs you like a gentleman but then at the end, you get the “pat” on the back. It’s almost as if he pities you or that he treats you like a family member. He might also give this hug to his bro friends. It is a friendly hug and a bit too “polite” to mean anything romantic or sexual.

Some claim that this hug might mean he’s preoccupied, stressed, or just uncomfortable with PDAs in general. But the truth is, there is something very fake about it. If he pats you, that usually means “Poor you” or “I feel for you.” It might even be a “fake hug” entirely, if you doubt the other person’s motives. The point is, he’s not making any real contact. He’s avoiding intimacy. Figure out why.

7. The Sneak Up Hug

This is a pretty wild hug! It’s actually something that married couples do a lot, because they feel intimate with each other, and more to the point the man feels protective. He throws his arms around her from behind and reverse-hugs his woman, getting close to her nape – a very sensitive area! If you’ve ever received this kind of hug, and have not been already romantically linked, it’s a bold move! He’s either coming onto you or is toying with you that he can get away with anything.

8. The Slow Dance Hug

This hug is characterized by very slow, intimate, and physical touching. He’s not being overt about it, as in rubbing your back or neck. But his hand might rest on the small of your back or over your hips. In this case, he’s practically dancing with you. He wants to feel close to you, especially if he makes eye contact. More importantly, he feels comfortable doing so. Hopefully at this point, you’ve given him positive signals and he is taking the hint.

9. The Deep-Stare Hug

Lastly, let’s talk about the deep-stare hug – that close eye contact that is so intense it captures your attention. A man who stares you in the eyes from such a close hugging distance is seriously into you! He’s testing the waters. He wants to feel chemistry with you. You also get bonus points if he touches his forehead against yours after the eye contact. This is a lover’s stare so if there’s been any doubt before, take this sign seriously!

As you can see, hugs are all about silent communication, imparting the FEELINGS that he has behind the physical act. He wants to tell you something but he can’t come out and say it. But when he hugs you, you can definitely feel a strong thought. Now that you’ve reviewed some of the most common hugs, you might be able to pinpoint his secret thought.

The next time a man hugs you, try to determine what he’s feeling inside and what specifically he’s thinking about you, based on (A) the hug itself and also (B) past conversations that you’ve had, especially those chats where he revealed personal things about himself. You might be surprised by what you learn!

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