We enter into a relationship with the knowledge that we have a month, or many months, with one person that we can choose to enjoy or choose to think about how it will end and when it will end.
It’s the reality of any relationship: it may very likely be temporary.
There’s nothing quite as exciting as the first few months of a relationship.
From the first time they catch your eye to the realization they feel the same way, it can all seem like a dream.
Phase 3: The Challenge (Trouble in paradise) A couple doesn't really know how strong a relationship is until they deal with the challenges that life brings.
Whether it is starting a new job, unemployment or the unfortunate occurrence of an accident or family illness, we all face challenges in life.
As soon we define what a honeymoon phase is, and give it a somewhat universal timeline, then we automatically also predict that this phase must end.
So there’s this specific date that is lingering in our minds while in a relationship, leaving us far from in the moment and more and more in whatever future we are sure is about to ensue.
The other person's habits, needs, anger and withdrawal patterns become uncomfortably clear.
Even the most dysfunctional dater can get through the 90-day honeymoon (read: lust) period of a relationship.
It’s what you do once the dust has settled that determines whether or not you’re a keeper.
Before you begin actually working on your relationship, you need to start by understanding relationships in general.
You have probably heard couples say, "We knew the moment we saw each other across the room that this was THE ONE and we have been happily married for 45 years." Although we all wish we could experience love this way, the reality is that for most of us, relationships go through certain stages.
The first thing you need to know is no relationship can sustain that beginning phase.