I never said sincerity wasn’t scary, I said it was attractive. Duh it’s scary, you’re making yourself vulnerable when you articulate a live feeling. But people who are willing to take that tiny emotional risk and share themselves in this world are fucking gifts from the sky.
Show me a person who prefers being lied to or evaded and I’ll show you a nightmare demon you don’t want to spend another minute of your life sweating.
If that dude couldn’t handle, “I like you,” when she obviously does like him, then he’s not on her level. The quickest way to figure that out is to say the thing you mean. Any other advice would be shitty.