You complain to your friends about how stupid and annoying they are because you cannot stop thinking about them and need to talk about them in some way or another.
You ignore them. You avoid eye contact with them. You leave their texts unanswered. You drop off the face of the planet because you would rather lose them completely than risk making a fool of yourself by admitting your feelings for them.
During conversations, you overdo it with friendly words like buddy and pal because you want to seem like you think of them as a friend and nothing more.
You try to set them up with other people in order to make it look like you have zero interest in dating them yourself.
You never send the first text even when you are dying to talk to them. You never ask if they are free to hang out even when you wish you could see them. And you never like their photos even though you are constantly stalking them online.
You tease them. You make fun of their outfits and their haircuts and their taste in music in order to cover up the way you really feel about them. It’s your weird way of flirting without flirting but you accidentally come across as sarcastic and rude.
You only talk about your career. You act like you are too busy to be dating right now. You act like a relationship would be a complete waste of your time.
You send mixed signals. Whenever you get too close to someone, you pull yourself away to avoid looking like you care too much.
You pretend you have feelings for someone else. You try to throw everyone off by spending all of your time obsessing over a certain celebrity or a coworker you could not care less about because you don’t want anyone to learn the truth.
You tell the person you are not ready for a relationship right now. You make it seem like you don’t have any interest in dating at this point in your life so it never seems like you are coming on to them.
You make comments directly to their face about how you two would not make any sense together and would be a horrible couple — but you are secretly hoping they will contradict you.
You like anything they post with other attractive girls/guys in order to look like you are happy for them and could not care less about their relationship status.