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There are 4 predictable stages that couples experience in a dating relationship.

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.

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.

Being welcomed and opened up to that type of environment helped me learn what the world of work would be like for me.

The experience taught me that I was more reliable in a work setting than I thought.

Early attraction often involves the physical attributes of the partner and include things like outward appearance, body type, interests and personality traits.

At this stage, the attraction may not be too “deep” and each half of a couple is generally putting his or her best foot forward.

As intimacy develops between the two people, more self-disclosure emerges, both verbally and nonverbally as couples act in ways that are more like how they are in their daily life.