Early dating stages
Towards the end of this stage, and hopefully at other times throughout it, it is not unusual for questions of “is this the right person for me” to emerge.For women especially there may also be a desire to figure out where the relationship is headed.If you are only looking to date, or you are looking for a monogamous relationship, it is a good idea to find people who have the same goals in mind. You see someone to whom you are attracted; and, hopefully, he shares similar feelings.People are attracted to other people for a variety of reasons.Each person needs to listen to their own inner voice and wisdom.It is important to talk over their thoughts and feelings with their partner while finding ways to keep from “pushing” for commitment.Some of those perpetual issues or differences such as free-spending or frugal, neat and orderly or sloppy and disorganized, interested in lots of time together or more involved in outside activities begin to emerge.At this stage of the relationship, couples will take note of the differences and may even begin to complain or attempt to problem-solve.
At each stage, there is often a decision (sometimes more thoughtfully arrived at than others) to move forward or to end the relationship.
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.
There is no need to rush through this important stage and every reason to go slowly.
Stage 4: Commitment or Engagement At this stage in a relationship, couples should have a good understanding of their partner’s values, life style, and goals for the future.