I keep getting strong signals from a girl, but I don't know if she's just being friendly or what or if she's just flirting because she's too comfortable with me as a friend. I don't know, when I open my mouth to say something to see if she wants to hang out one-on-one, something holds me back. Maybe because I feel that when I indicate interest in her beyond that of friendship, I think the air turns weird between us or something. I don't know. But I'd never gotten stronger signals from a girl before, but then again she doesn't contact me outside of when she sees me around so she probably doesn't think of me otherwise.
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It does sound a bit confusing from the signals that you've received on your radar, but this girl is probably just really comfortable with you and sees you as a very close friend. This sounds horrible, but it's true that people act differently in different parts of the country, for any country; this applies to America as well. Upbringing does have a lot to do with it, but the mindset of people within a region or state is more-or-less similar in terms of values, etc. For example, I met a lot of people from the East coast, etc. and they were very uncomfortable with the idea of hugging one another. For them, hugging was a very intimate practice between extremely close friends and family. In my state, however, everyone sees one another as family and therefore it's customary to make hugging a regular part of greetings and sometimes other interactions. You've already received the feeling that moving forward to pursue a romantic relationship would be a bit awkward for her, and it's evident that you find it awkward to some degree, too. If you don't communicate a lot already, my guess would be that she probably isn't romantically interested in you and is naturally flirty, or she unintentionally flirts as a side-effect of her outgoing (?) personality. I think the signals in the first sentence are pretty natural for most girls when they interact with their friends. Hey, I do those kinds of things with my female friends, but it doesn't mean I'm sending any signals. As for the teasing, it just comes with friendship. At least it's not violent, that's all I can say! My brother's ex, while they were still dating, "teased" him and sometimes he did get physically hurt in the process. Ah, dating.
It'd be hard to tell if she were actually romantically interested in you, but the lack of communication seals the deal from what it sounds like. Had she really been interested, there would have been a lot more communication (of every variety) going on between you two-- incessant communication. Unless she's shy, which I'm guessing she's not, she would venture to take the initiative and engage in contact more frequently with you, if she wanted something beyond the realm of friendship.
For future reference, personality and upbringing are important factors to consider when trying to determine if a girl (in general) is on your "wavelength". The female attempt at frequent communication and the initiation of contact are signs of female interest in the male party. If you don't see these signs, chances are she's probably not romantically interested. If you want the relationship, though, you should take up the challenge and pursue. If not, there are plenty of fish in the sea. Hopefully this was able to help you out in some way, shape, or form. Good luck in attaining a resolution with the girl in question.0