Relationship is a process that involves meeting, dating and eventually marriage. It sounds simple but it can be a mind-boggling experience. It is important that you know the process so you will be aware of the implications and you can do something about it. First, you have to focus on the dating aspect of every relationship.
You have to know that there are many factors affecting dating. Age affects dating process. When you are in your 20s, dating is casual, fun and exciting. Finding love is an experience. If faults are made, you usually bounce back and seek it again. People this age think that they have plenty of time left to find love. When you are in your 30s with a more established career, you tend to look for a commitment that will lead to a relationship and eventually marriage. People this age think about building a family. When you are in your 40s and still single, there is a sense of urgency.
Culture also plays a huge part in the dating process. The dating practices vary greatly around the world. For cultures that have arranged marriage practices, dating is almost non-existent. For other cultures, dating is more of a social activity. It is understandable that men and women will date more than one person in their lifetime.
Now that you know the factors affecting dating, it is time to proceed to the process. Here are the stages:
This stage involves a lot of talking. There are no commitments involved. This means the person can date multiple people. As with the physical contact, it is restricted. If you are interested, you schedule more meetings to know the person well.
Monogamous dating stage
If you show interest, it means you are thinking about deepening whatever you have. This will lead to monogamous dating stage. This is when both parties decided to pursue a relationship. The foundation of the relationship will be established during this stage. Both parties will also agree to end other dating. If there is a chance, introductions to family and friends will take place.
For those who are not determined to pursue the relationship, the next stage is referred to as “friends with benefits”. This is when both parties decided to engage in physical contact but are still free to meet and date other people.
This is when the couple will try to deepen their intimacy level. Aside from that, the couple will engage in discussion of expectations, goals, and dreams. Basically, the couple will picture their future together. If at this phase, you are still doubtful, it is time to re-evaluate the relationship.
The final stage is marriage. The roles and responsibilities of both will be discussed especially if they are thinking about having children soon. If you arrive at this stage, it means that you have strong foundations. If you are still doubtful, you really need to re-evaluate the relationship.
Dating is a process. If it is not successful, do not force it. If it is, it can lead to a loving and lasting relationship.