1. Acting innocent.
It doesn’t matter if he kisses another girl or responds to your text three days late, because he’ll act like he didn’t do anything wrong. Arguing with him is pointless, because it makes you feel like a crazy person. Like you’re the one who was wrong. Like you were overreacting and he has nothing to apologize for.
2. Keeping in constant contact.
This doesn’t mean he’ll text you every morning, because he won’t. No, he’ll only contact you as much as he needs to stay on your mind. That’s why he’ll like your selfie or send you a Snapchat every few days. He won’t put in much effort, but it’ll be enough to keep you hooked on him.
3. Playing the victim.
If you call him out for leading you on, then he’ll give you a BS (but believable) reason why he hasn’t put a label on your relationship. He’ll either say that he’s recently been cheated on and is trying to piece his heart back together, that he’s dealing with family issues, or that he’s busy struggling to make money. There will always be an excuse, and there will never be a way for you to prove he’s bluffing.
4. Showering you with affection.
He’ll go missing for months, but when he comes back, you won’t have the chance to yell at him. Why? Because he’ll be completely and utterly charming. He’ll compliment you. Buy you gifts. Take you out on cute little dates. You won’t even be able to remember why you’re mad at him. That is, until he pulls the same stunt again and leaves you all alone.
5. Sleeping with you.
Somehow, someway, he’ll figure out how to get you into bed. But there won’t be a conversation about any of it. When he kisses you, you won’t be able to tell if it means nothing to him or everything. And when you wake up the next morning, you won’t know if you have a new boyfriend of if you’ve just been used. It’s impossible to read his thoughts and figure out his intentions.
6. Straight up lying.
He’ll do whatever it takes to look likable. He’ll tell you that he’s single. That he deleted his Tinder. That he doesn’t know the girl that tagged him on Facebook. That you’re the only girl he’s interested in. He’s a natural liar and he never even feels bad about it. He’ll say whatever he needs to say to get himself out of trouble — and into your bed.
7. Sending mixed signals.
He’s always on your mind, because there’s always some weird thing he did that you’re trying to interpret. Maybe he texted you and then suddenly stopped responding. Maybe he made plans with you and then canceled. You’re always trying to figure him out, because he’s as confusing as hell.
8. Being vague.
He won’t tell you that he’s looking for a relationship — but he won’t tell you that he’s happy being single, either. And he won’t tell you that he’s interested — but he won’t tell you that he’s found somebody else, either. He’ll make you think you stand a chance. Even if you don’t, you won’t know it, because he never posts selfies with other girls or changes his relationship status on Facebook. He always looks like he’s single, even when he isn’t.
9. Acting jealous.
Even though he’s running around with other women, he’ll act offended when he sees you flirting with someone else. It’ll make you wonder if he has a serious crush on you, if you’re different from all the other girls — but no, that’s another one of his tricks. He just doesn’t want to lose you as his backup plan.