I’m not the one that puts another in the “friend zone”.
Usually, how a relationship is labeled, to me, is based on body language. You’re going to think I’m weird, but this is ALL psychological.
If someone is disinterested in you, or what you’re saying, their shoulders and toes will face away from you. If someone is into you, they will completely face towards you.
Eye contact is a weird one to read, personally I try to keep full eye contact with everyone, but I notice that when I’m nervous, I’ll look away, look down, or wait for the other person to look away.
However, I’ll keep eye contact if I feel comfortable and fully engaged. Not saying that I’m not engaged when I don’t make eye contact l, but I’m nervous.
The mimicking of body motions is a huge cue that someone is feeling you. Like if you’re sitting straight, and you sit back, the person (who supposedly feels you) will also sit back. This one is one I do purposely to check a niggas temperature.
Obviously reading body language is a pseudoscience, and it’s really based on who you’re reading. It can’t be empirically proven that this mother fucker is feeling you, you gotta work that out on your own.
So when someone is placed in the friends zone, for me, it’s because you seemed disinterested, if I was ever interested in the first place.