Beginning stage of dating
There are 4 predictable stages that couples experience in a dating relationship.
At each stage, there is often a decision (sometimes more thoughtfully arrived at than others) to move forward or to end the relationship.
In this stage of healthy relationships: What began as reality setting in during stage two often turns to disappointment in stage three.
Couples at this stage spend about a year working out their differences in an effort to get to a place of stability.
If you're able to communicate in healthy ways and see positive progress, you're likely to move to the next phase.
The problems presented here are: If a couple can navigate through the unstable waters of stage three, they will find stage four offers much rest and enjoyment.
Towards the end of this stage, and hopefully at other times throughout it, it is not unusual for questions of “is this the right person for me” to emerge.
For women especially there may also be a desire to figure out where the relationship is headed.
The reality phase typically lasts about six months, or as long as it takes for both of you to decide you want to stay together.
To advance through the relationship stages requires communication and hard work.
It is worth the effort when you find the right person to share the journey.
If dating, this is the stage where you can get married and feel comfortable with that decision.
It is a stage of mature and sustainable love that lasts forever in an ideal world for happy couples.