Relationships, like most things in life, go through a standard process of phases. It’s important to know about these phases because not all couples experience them at the same time and identifying where you are in the relationship will provide answers to a lot of questions that come up along the way. Things like, when should I call, when should we meet each other’s parents and introduce our friends, so on and so forth. All of these things have a right time and place, and having a roadmap to these phases will smooth out the relationship and keep it on track. Let’s explore the first stages:
1. The Attraction Phase
The chase begins, initial attraction. This is the phase where you find yourself completely infatuated with your partner. No one else matters. You just want to be around each other.
2. The Excitement Phase
It’s all butterflies and magic, minus the unicorns. Here, we find ourselves fantasizing a long, happy relationship with our partners.
3. Commitment Phase
Now, it’s official. You’re introduced as “girlfriend or boyfriend” and perhaps have already had the chat about being exclusive partners. Your relationship is solidified. You now consider yourself a unit.
4. The Togetherness Phase
You begin incorporating your partner into different areas of your life and start planning the near future together. If the love, chemistry and compatibility withstand the test of time, there’s a good chance that conversations about “spending the rest of your lives together” will come up.