The Four Stages of a Relationship
“The purpose of a relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness” – Neale Donald Walsch.
Relationships are the true essence of life. They add meaning to our lives. Individuals navigate through these four stages of relationships at different intervals in their relations.
- The Euphoric Stage is the beginning of a relationship with a warm adrenaline rush of falling in love, happiness, and all things good. It is also called the honeymoon phase, where there is intimacy, dates, and attraction. Lucy Brown, Ph.D., Clinical Professor in Neurology at Einstein College of Medicine in New York, explains that “In the early part of a relationship, the other person is the center of your life. Good things outweigh the negative here.”
- The Early Attachment stage– The relationship moves to a more meaningful stage, and a stronger attachment between the partners develops. They have experienced some good and bad times together, and the connection is more profound and richer.
- The Crisis stage- Over the years, the couple has spent a substantial amount of time together, experiencing different events in life. As a couple navigates through crises successfully, they move on to a stronger relationship.
- The Deep Attachment stage– They have seen and overcome the various life challenges and know each other well enough at this stage to spend the rest of their lives together. The couples who reach this phase commit to being together for a lifetime usually.
One should enjoy the feeling and experience of being in a relationship and savour the moments with their partner.