That's usually how I can tell
Never.-Are you (in practice) ever forward with someone?
Before what? I have to know the other party is interested before I ever allow myself to think they might be interested. I constantly search for points of doubt in their interest, always assuming that I'm misunderstanding what their intentions are and that I'm about to make a fool of myself, so...-Do you have to know the other party is interested first?
No, I never initiate. And if they find an opportunity I've created, then I consider it a critical failure. And if they still create an opportunity, they're using me for something.-Do you initiate, or create many opportunities for them to?
Avoidance, usually. But it depends on how overt they're being. If they're vocal enough, I'll give some sort of reason, always me being the one at fault, of why I can't reciprocate their feelings, how they're a great person and they'll find someone just as great as they are, they deserve it, and that I'm really sorry but there's no reason why we can't be friends, and then try to never speak of it ever again, never seeing them ever again being the ideal scenario.And last, but certainly not least, how do you SHAKE someone your not interested in?