Determining the seriousness of our relationship, however, can be very challenging and confusing.
Lucky for us, Laura Umphrey and John Sherblom, researchers from the Universities of Alaska and Maine (respectively), have simplified the process.
Assessing a New Relationship Assessing an Established Relationship Evaluating a Committed Relationship Community Q&A Most relationships go through distinct stages, each one with different challenges and characteristics.
You might not pass through each stage or each step in your relationship.
So, in the lust and romance stage of a relationship, which is otherwise known as the dating phase, the man and woman will experience a dump of natural chemicals in their brain; chemicals like dopamine, oxytocin, phenylethylamine, and norepinephrine.
The thing is most Hollywood movies show this stage of a relationship as being the peak of a relationship.
It’s important for you to be the Resistor and not the Convincer.
Your brain cannot, biologically, maintain the high of infatuation; you will fry.
The infatuation will ebb and flow at different points.
The sex will not always be that good; it may get better or it may get worse. It's pure poetry; love magnified; a revisit to the warm womb of security.
But all those lovely feelings are that of a first swim in the cool, crisp pond of falling in love. Then the negotiation between security and autonomy, that life-long struggle, crawls in and we begin to land. Landing The landing from that fantastic flight can feel scary, as we see things a lot more clearly. Burying This stage happens when all the to-do lists of life come toppling into the relationship.