In stage three, we have made a mutual decision to be in a committed, exclusive relationship.The energy that went into looking for the right person can now go into creating a mutually loving and romantic relationship.
You might not pass through each stage or each step in your relationship.
Knowing where a relationship’s at and where it’s going is important.
The answer to these questions help us determine such things as how intimate we should be with our partner and what plans we should start making for our future together.
We think of the whole business as more or less continuous. What happens when is determined by what is expected from couples at the particular time and place in which they live. Throughout long stretches of history that practice, which is akin to slavery, was common.
Still, certain things have to happen at different times. There are societies in which conventional dating, as we know it, does not exist. Nothing like courtship existed in these relationships.