The 5 Stages of Dating: Which Stage are You In?

Whether you just started dating someone, or you've been in a relationship for years, you will experience some or all of the stages of dating at some point. As time goes by, relationships grow, and bonds become stronger. Whether it is just a friendship, or it is romantic, the stages are the same. Let me just warn you though: Every couple will not experience the stages the same, or have the same duration. They may even go back to experience a stage more than once.

This blog will help you to determine which stage of dating you and your significant other is currently in, and what stage(s) will follow. The five stages of dating will be explained. Each stage is distinctive, so that you know the difference in each stage. This will help you to understand the process of getting to know someone or how a relationship progresses with time. You can then determine if what you are experiencing could possibly end up in a life-long commitment, or if it is a good time to call it quits.

This blog may help clear up a lot of unanswered questions about dating and relationships. Let me introduce you to the five stages of dating! The five stages of dating are 1) Attraction, 2) Reality, 3) Commitment, 4) Intimacy, and 5) Engagement.

1) Attraction: This stage tends to be from the moment you meet someone, and lasts throughout the first few months of dating them. This is the time that you go out on dates, and get to know each other better. It will determine if you two will take the relationship to the next level. This is also the time that you have the most communication between each other, and when you often overlook flaws that each other have. You are infatuated with one another and can't get enough of each other.

2) Reality: This is when your partner's flaws hit you, and your pet peeves begin to bother you. You begin noticing some irritating idiosyncrasies about the person that you didn't before. Most relationships end in this stage. This usually causes people to re-think the relationship, and either part ways or continue on with the relationship.

3) Commitment: This is the stage where you decide to be exclusive with your partner. You know each other's flaws and have decided to either accept them, or over-look them, and continue to stay with each other. You two begin making life-long changes together, and work on personal and relationship goals together.

4) Intimacy: This is the stage where you two connect on another level. You mentally and physically nurture your relationship, at this point. This is when true love begins. You feel comfortable and be yourself around each other. You become vulnerable, let your guard down, and you truly get to know each other for who you really are. You learn what their strengths, as well as what their weaknesses are.

5) Engagement: This is the final stage, and when you decide to commit to each other for a lifetime. You plan out a happy and productive future together. You continue to work on your relationship, apologize and forgive when appropriate, and face and overcome life's challenges together.

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