Have you ever been in a relationship and wondered: “Is this it? Is this all there is?”
If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone.
Relationships go through phases, just like people do. And like people, some relationships don’t make it through all five phases—some fall by the wayside and end before they even get started. But if your relationship does make it through all five stages, then congratulations! You’ve earned yourself a place in the annals of history as one of the few lucky couples who managed to stay together for life.
So what are these five stages? Let’s take a look at them now:
The Honeymoon Phase
This is the beginning of all relationships, when everything is bright and shiny and the world seems like a happy place. It’s also a time when you don’t know each other very well yet and are just getting to know each other, so you’re not really seeing the real person yet—just the best parts of them. You might have a hard time seeing their faults or thinking they have any, but it’s important to remember that this isn’t reality—it’s just the beginning of something great!
The Reality Check Phase
At some point, you’ll realize that your partner isn’t perfect. They have flaws, they have bad habits and they do things that annoy the heck out of you sometimes! And once they’ve become humanized in your eyes (and vice versa), things will get complicated. You’ll probably fight a lot more than you used to, but eventually, those fights will stop being about “who left their dirty socks on the floor” or “why did they go out with their friends instead of spending time with me?” It might become more about money, sex, communication, and maybe commitments. If it’s not okay with you, then this is where things can start going downhill fast and where things might end up staying if they aren’t fixed right away!
The Fighting Phase
It’s inevitable that at some point in your relationship, you’ll have disagreements and arguments with your partner. But when things get heated during these moments, it’s important to remember why you love each other in the first place! Remember why you chose this person as your life partner and look past those moments when tempers flare or things get tense—they’ll pass eventually, so try to take them in stride.
The Conflict Resolution Phase
This is where your relationship really starts to hit its stride—the point at which you’re able to address issues with your partner instead of ignoring them or avoiding them altogether. This is also the phase in which some couples break up because they realize that their differences are too great for them to overcome. If you make it through this phase and come out on the other side stronger than ever, then congratulations! You’ve found yourself a keeper!
The Partnership Phase
This stage comes when you’ve learned all there is to know about your partner’s personality traits and habits (for better or worse), and now you’re ready to commit yourself wholeheartedly to making this relationship last forever! You will be able to support each other through any obstacles that come up because of your shared commitment to making it work out between you both no matter what happens next!
We all know that the world isn’t a fairy tale, not all stories end happily ever after that’s why we have this one last phase.
The Break-up Phase
Sometimes this happens before it gets here; sometimes this happens after it leaves; but either way, if we’re being honest with ourselves about love then we know that break-ups happen. You must recognize that this is a natural part of any relationship and not something to feel shame or regret over. Everyone has gone through this at least once in their lives! And as long as it doesn’t happen too often (like more than three times), then everything will be fine! Just remember that there are plenty of fish in the sea, so try not to get too hung up on one particular fish.
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