Stages in dating

How long it lasts for you two will depend on your: The third option is to get past your Power Struggle, either on your own (which Hailstorms and Turtles almost never manage to do), or with professional guidance.

You graduate from the Power Struggle stage when you: As simple as that sounds, actually getting through the Power Struggle stage is a bumpy ride for most couples.

I call these two characters the Hailstorm and the Turtle.

Most of my work with couples involves helping these two types of people get on the same page, meet each other’s needs and be happy together.

Here are the 5 stages of a relationship (as identified by Dr.

Susan Campbell during a study of hundreds of couples): through rose tinted glasses.

I’ve worked with couples who have been stuck in the Power Struggle for more than 50 years.

The feeling of love encourages us to pair-bond, but not with just anyone…Nature makes sure we fall in love with someone who appears to be the most incompatible person in the entire universe……the person least capable of meeting our needs and most capable of making our worst nightmares come true. but I imagine you’re nodding your head as you recognize this truth.

🙂Why would nature want us to fall in love with someone so incompatible?

Why do some relationships break up and others last for a lifetime?

One reason is that relationships go through 5 predictable relationship stages. By understanding the 5 stages of a relationship, you’ll expect each stage and not get “stuck” in any of them.

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