Early dating stages

Both halves of a couple will notice weaknesses and differences or flaws.“Cute” habits might become irritating at this stage.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.

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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.

Differences are not noticed or are dismissed with thoughts like “not a big deal” or “she will change”.

Couples generally do not have much conflict at this stage of the cycle as each is really trying hard to impress the other person.

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.Often (not always) there is not enough “is this the right person for me” but rather more “what can I do to make this person like me?” This stage may last for 3 or 4 months depending on the individuals and their maturity, experience and self-understanding.That's where the following practical suggestions come in.Note the phrase "practical suggestions." These are not sacrosanct biblical principles.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).