Did you know there are multiple types of flirts?? I figured at least two... the straight forward flirt or the shy flirt... but there are more!!
When it comes to types of flirting styles, science has even backed up this claim. In 2015, a study from the University of Kansas discovered there are five different styles of flirting, showing there’s no right way to flirt or show romantic interest.
So what are the five styles of flirting?
Type #1 Traditional flirting
This is considered to be old-school flirting. You know, where men make the first move and women take a passive role in the encounter. This can be a struggle for women as they need to wait for the man to make a move, which doesn’t always happen quickly. Traditional flirts are usually introverted and value emotional and physical intimacy. What are the signs of a traditional flirt? If it takes them forever to make a move or ask you out on a date, then odds they’re traditional. Plus, if they’re more introverted and prefer deep conversations as opposed to small-talk, you have yourself a traditional flirt.
Type #2 Playful flirting
For people who are playful flirts, they use their flirting as a tool. They love spending their time innocently flirting with people, without the desire of a serious relationship. Why? Well, for playful flirts, their self-esteem is usually connected to their flirting. They’ll get an ego boost from flirting and will play games with you without any care. What are the signs of a playful flirt? There’s one thing playful flirts like to do, it’s to tease people. They love to use their charm and games to create sexual tension. They’re also not easy to get a date with; they like everything light and casual. If you start talking about serious subjects and you see their eyes glaze over, there’s your first clue.
Type #3 Physical flirting
Well, you can guess what a physical flirt is all about. They love to touch. They’ll rub up against you, lean into you, and draw your attention into sexual areas of their body like their mouth. Physical flirts can build connections with ease and are quick to pick up on signs of interest from others. When you’re around a physical flirt, you may even feel slightly uncomfortable. What are the signs of a physical flirt? Are they constantly touching you? When they talk, they may grab your arm or give you hugs and kisses on the cheek. They’ll use touch and act rather suggestively. When around them, they come off as very confident and self-assured.
Type #4 Sincere flirting
This is actually the most common types of flirting and to be honest; it’s not a bad thing. Sincere flirting is all about being direct and honest with how you feel about someone. The goal is to build an emotional connection by getting to know the person you’re interested in. Maybe you’ll ask them what book they’re reading or what music they like. This type of flirting can feel like friendship as well. What are the signs of a sincere flirt? For a sincere flirt, you’ll notice that they’ll ask you a lot of questions about yourself and genuinely try to get to know you. They’ll want to engage in a thoughtful conversation with you in a quiet place like a cafe. For a sincere flirt, it’s all about the connection.
#5 Polite flirting
This is possibly the hardest type of flirting to pinpoint because this person is flirting in a polite manner. With a polite flirt, it’s easy to misread their flirting as they’re very subtle and follow the rules. They never overstep themselves and focus on being polite and building a well-mannered relationship. What are the signs of a polite flirt? You’ll need to pay attention as they’ll show interest, but they’ll make sure they’re polite about it. They won’t flirt using touch; instead, they’ll always give you enough personal space and will subtly compliment you. It’s a tough one to spot out!
AND HEADS UP! You can be a mix! We’re human, which means we’re complex. So, you can find yourself in a couple of these categories and using multiple types of flirting at the same time, which is perfectly normal. Not everyone fits into a single box, and that’s okay!
Happy Flirting!! ;)