7 Signs Your Partner Likes You, But May Not Be In Love With You

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When you're in love with someone, of course you want them to love you in return. But many times, that doesn't always happen when you want it to happen, and you may be wondering how to tell if your partner loves you. For instance, one partner may be ready for marriage in the next year or so while the other is still in the mindset of taking things day by day. One partner may think they found "The One" immediately, while the other still needs a little convincing. When you realize that your partner likes you, but might not be in love with you, it's not the greatest feeling in the world. But according to experts, there's one really important thing you need to know.

"A partner that likes you, cares about you," relationship coach and expert, Jenna Ponaman, CPC, tells Bustle. "They will pay attention to the troubling and exciting situations you experience, and they want you to be happy."

When someone isn't in love with you just yet, it's easy to be down on yourself for thinking you're not "good enough" for them. But as Ponaman says, that's never really the case. "Don’t ever take it personally if someone you love doesn’t have those feelings for you," she says. "I know, that sounds kind of crazy but when you think about it, but it really has nothing to do with you. When a person chooses not to move forward in love, they have their own insecurity holding them back."

A relationship takes two people to work. If your partner isn't quite ready to take it to the next level but you are, it's really up to you to decide what your next steps are going to be. Unless they've outwardly told you that they're not "in love" just yet, it can be hard to know where you stand with them. So here are some signs that your partner likes you, but isn't in love with you yet, as well as what to do about it.