The dating process
Questions about children, finances, careers, future goals and lifestyle should be discussed more fully.
Differences are normal and couples will learn about themselves and their relationship as they note how they handle these differences with each other.
There should be a relationship with each other’s family and friends.
Open and honest conversations should be happening as couples plan their present and future together.
Stage 1: Initial Meeting/Attraction Dating relationships have to start somewhere.
The initial meeting may take place over the internet, through friends, in a church or social group, at a party or bar or any one of a myriad of many different places.
At this stage of the relationship, couples will take note of the differences and may even begin to complain or attempt to problem-solve.
“ Women have a tendency to ask this question before men, even though both may be wondering about the answer to this question.
Pushing for an answer; however, may cause real problems in the relationship.
Going slowly in making any decisions about a relationship are more likely to be better ones than moving quickly (unless it is clear that the relationship is not a good fit).
Stage 3: “Enlightenment” and Becoming a Couple During this stage of a relationship, hormones are calming down and reality sets in. Trust is stronger and more intimacies may be shared at this stage as couples take away some of their “best face” and allow themselves to act more naturally and relaxed.