Some stages take longer than others to go through and some people take much longer at each stage.Unfortunately, some people don’t fully experience and process each stage as an opportunity for personal growth or to make a healthy evaluation about the relationship or about themselves.The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
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.
Often (not always) there is not enough “is this the right person for me” but rather more “what can I do to make this person like me?
” This stage may last for 3 or 4 months depending on the individuals and their maturity, experience and self-understanding.
This is also an important stage for couples to use to evaluate the relationship and their ability to be part of an emotionally intelligent relationship.
Engagements can be broken much more easily and can clearly be a better decision than getting married and divorced.
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.
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).