Wondering what relationship stage you’re in right now? Here are the 9 relationship stages that all couples go through, no matter how love starts. By Elizabeth Arthur
Relationships are unique.
And one experience of love is never the same.
You may have been in several relationships in your life, and all of them may have been very different from the earlier one.
But there are a few traits about every single relationship that binds all relationships along a similar path.
Relationship stages in your love life
Relationships, just like life, have their stages. It starts with infatuation and goes through several steps along the way. And these stages are like tests that check your compatibility with each other. Go wrong anywhere along the way, and your relationship will take the brunt of the fall.
Have you ever met a couple who seemed like they were going to stay together forever, but ended up breaking up a few years later? Perhaps, in all probability, they went wrong in one of these stages of the relationship
Stage #1 The infatuation stage
This is the first stage in every relationship. It almost always starts with an intense attraction and an uncontrollable urge to be with each other. Both of you may be intensely attracted to each other, or both of you may love the cuddles and each other’s company. In this stage, both of you overlook any flaws of each other and only focus on the good sides.
Stage #2 The understanding stage.
In this stage, both of you start getting to know each other better. You have long conversations with your partner that stretches late into the night, and everything about your partner interests and fascinates you. You talk about each other’s families, exes, likes and dislikes and other innocent secrets, and life seems so beautiful and romantic.
Stage #3 The stage of disturbances.
This stage usually forces its way into a happy romance after a few months of blissful courting. Do you remember the first fight or angry disagreement you and your partner had? For the first time in the relationship, both of you confront each other over a conflict, even though it’s sorted out quickly.
Stage #4 The opinion maker.
In this stage, both of you create opinions about each other. As the months pass by, both of you know what to expect from each other, and you assume your partner’s commitment towards the relationship.
When these opinions and expectations about your partner differ now and then in real life, it can either leave you ecstatic or depressed.
You don’t expect your man to buy you flowers, but he does. You feel ecstatic. At the same time, you expect him to pick you up from the airport on time. But he arrives an hour later because he forgot all about picking you up. It depresses you.
Stage #5 The molding stage.
You have your expectations from an ideal partner. And in this stage, both of you try hard to mold each other to fit your wants in a perfect partner. This stage is a lot about giving and take, and both partners always try to subtly convince each other to change their behavior towards the relationship. This is a power struggle and one that can end the relationship if both partners are domineering.