Understanding the Stages of Love in Your Relationship

Understanding the Stages of Love in Your Relationship

Understanding the Stages of Love in Your Relationship

When you first enter into a relationship, you have all of your hopes and dreams ahead of you. You are still learning to love each other, and you enjoy all the blissful moments of new, budding romance. However, as relationships continue, they become more comfortable. While this can be a beautiful thing, it can also pose challenges that many couples are not ready for. As an expert in marriage counseling, Dr. Phillips is here to help by teaching you to recognize the different stages of love. These are the different stages of love as your relationship ages.

Captivation

The first stage of love, captivation, occurs when you feel that strong attraction towards one another. You are likely intrigued, passionate, and enthralled by each other. This stage allows you to ignore any of the negative aspects, as you are too focused on all the romantic, positive things that are bubbling in your new relationship. Although this is an exciting chapter, it also will not last forever.

Courtship

During this phase, couples will decide whether they want to commit or just have fun. This part is when dating becomes more serious, as the topics of conversation start to shift towards talks of hopes and desires for the future. It may also mean becoming more involved in one another’s life, which can add complication as well.

Commitment

Once the serious conversations are past, the couple will then undergo the commitment phase as they take their relationship to the next level. Typically, this will involve a promise, often in the form of an engagement or marriage, that marks their commitment to one another for a long period of time. This phase also starts the transition from being a ‘me’ to a ‘we.’

Children and Parenthood

After the commitment, most couples then take on the role of becoming parents. This will add a new dynamic to their partnership, as they are now the sole people responsible for other lives. Becoming new parents introduces new challenges to daily life, such as less sleep, more responsibility, more serious decisions, and less time for one another.

Mature Love

The final, and often times, longest stage of the relationship is mature love. In this type of love, couples undergo many different life situations. They raise their children, become empty nesters, and cope with the challenges of aging and the health battles that may come along with that phase. Mature love can also pose challenges that some couples have difficulty coping with, as they may have spent years without working on their relationship. If this occurs, you may have to do a little work to get back to the place you were before.

By understanding these stages, you can recognize the changing needs of your relationship. When you hit rough patches, you can look towards each other to overcome any new challenges or changes that come your way. If you are looking for help with your marriage, contact our expert in marriage counseling, Dr. Phillips, to make an appointment today.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.