When you meet someone and fall in love, you probably think that you will ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. At least that’s what all the Disney movies and romantic comedies tell us, right? Well, as we all know, it doesn’t always work out that way. If you are wondering what stage your relationship is in, and if it’s “normal” or headed for disaster, then there is some research to help you determine what to do.When you meet someone and fall in love, you probably think that you will ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. There are 10 main stages of a relationship that you may end up experiencing.
With that said, let me start by saying there are many different types of relationship stage models out there, but I am going to focus on just one by Dr. Mark Knapp because it is a classic, well-accepted theory.
What Are the Stages of a Relationship?
According to Dr. Knapp, there are ten different stages to a relationship. That being said, there are certain things that happen during these phases.