I know it seems like a silly question, but hear me out.
There's a guy that I pretty see as a friend. I don't see myself with him any more than that. However he likes me. Other friends around know and they were trying to "influence" me to give the guy a shot. I explained I'm not attracted to him in that way--I could honestly never see myself going even close to being more than friends. But many were saying that for some people it doesn't always begin with "physical attraction" and I should at least go out on a date with him--just to see how it goes. I think it's important for me to have physical attraction.
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I see attraction as being 2 sorts. 1st is physical attraction. Simple enough, you just lust after the person or want to hug them. Nice jawline, muscled physique, deep voice, tall figure, tanned body, etc. A person that makes you look twice in a crowd.
2nd kind of attraction is emotional attraction. He satisfies your emotional needs, he's there for you when you need him, you always have so much fun together, you trust him with things and he makes you feel safe.
Both kinds are attraction still, meaning you gravitate naturally towards them and you want to know them better. Dating usually happens when at least one of these attractions is fulfilled, i. e. he's ugly, but you like being around him, or he's hot, but he's a really bad guy. Then both of you will start dating to see if the other attraction can be developed over time.
In your case, it seems both attractions are missing. It is not to say that it's impossible. If you've nothing to lose, it's worth a try. Understand what it means to go on a "blind" date. How does it feel like to go out with someone you don't love? What exactly is it about him you don't like, and conversely, what is it that you should be looking for in future candidates?0