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The Stages of Dating

Couples in a dating relationship go through a set of stages that are predictable. The decision to continue or stop a relationship is often made at each stage (sometimes more consciously than others).


Some stages are longer than others, and some people take longer at each level than others. Unfortunately, some people fail to see each stage as a chance for personal growth and development, as well as an opportunity to conduct an honest assessment of the relationship and oneself.



During the initial stages of dating, a person's ability to attract another person is critical. No matter how you meet, whether it's through a mutual friend, family member, acquaintance, a matchmaker, or an online dating site or app, a spark of attraction must exist between the two people for the relationship to progress into something more serious.


The honeymoon phase, as it's sometimes referred to, is a time when everything is fresh and thrilling and almost perfect. This stage typically lasts for the first few months of a relationship, during which time the two of you will constantly be in touch via text, dating websites, social media, and messaging apps like WhatsApp, as well as phone calls and video chats in the evenings on days when you aren't physically present. During this stage, you'll probably go on a lot of dates and spend time getting to know one another better before deciding whether or not to pursue a relationship further.

The second stage is reality, and it can persist for six months or more. By now, you've probably noticed your partner's imperfections and the little things that irritate you, which means the honeymoon is over.


The rush of hormones subsides, and you become more conscious of your significant other. This does not mean that you no longer like or love each other. The more time that you spend with someone, the more noticeable their minor peculiarities and behaviors may become.

Many relationships fall apart during the second stage, which is unfortunate. But the good news is that if you make it through this stage, it's a promising omen for the future.

As soon as you go over the reality stage, you're in the commitment phase. It is at this moment that you both express a want to spend your time together exclusively, and you have learned to accept and appreciate your partner's shortcomings.


As part of their commitment to each other, they must accept each other's dreams, goals, and wishes for the future. Things like determining where to live together, assisting them in reaching their career objectives, and discussing future plans are all examples of things that could fall under this category.

The fourth stage is related to true love and intimacy, and this usually includes cultivating the genuine love that has been developed over the last few months or even years before it reaches this point. In contrast to common assumptions, this stage isn't just about sex; it's also about a deeper level of connection.


When two persons have formed a strong emotional connection, true love blossoms. In addition, you begin to open up to each other and let your guard down at this point. When you open up to each other, you'll learn about each other's personal histories and deeper emotions, and you'll see their genuine character in a new light.

5. Thinking Long-term

The ultimate goal of many relationships is to spend a loving life together. This final stage is the point at which you decide whether or not to make a long-term commitment to your significant other. Together, you and your partner can design a happy and prosperous future.


Your relationship will not be without its ups and downs, no matter how long you have been together. As long as you learn how to apologize and forgive when things go awry, you'll be well on your way to overcoming any obstacles life throws your way.

Respecting the stages of dating is essential. It's not uncommon for a couple to rush through the process, skipping steps in the process jointly. This doesn't necessarily imply that they won't make it through all the stages, but it does mean that they won't obtain the insights and abilities essential to develop a firm foundation for the relationship.


Dating is no easy feat; book a session today with Crown Imperial Coaching to help you navigate through the stages!

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