Those that stay in such relationships are often healthier and happier than people who only casually date or remain single. We may also realize that our partner is not in the same place we are.You will likely find, though, that your best chances at a satisfying relationship are if both partners are at the same stage and if you fit one stage very closely. Take our RELATE assessment to help you figure out what stage you might be in and what you can work on to get to the next. Our lives may also be intertwined with our partners, making the prospect of leaving very anxiety provoking.Why Do It: Social science research has long documented the benefits of serious and long-term dating. We may be very open with our partner and trust them completely, but still be looking for other potential partners.Once we do build a satisfying relationship of trust with our partner, and connect at a deeper level, then we’re likely to enter the final stage of dating: What is it: Once we begin a serious relationship, we’re sending the message that we’re happy with our relationship and want this one to last.We begin to think more long-term about the relationship and consider our options for the future. A Relationship is being with them, and loving them. A Relationship is like your Sunday afternoon cuddle. The thing is in today’s day and age, dating means going out with multiple people (or a couple), realizing who is best suited for you, and then being exclusive, and in a relationship with them.
The answer to these questions help us determine such things as how intimate we should be with our partner and what plans we should start making for our future together.
When we’re in serious relationships, we may find other people attractive, but we are not likely to think about others in terms of potential relationship partners.
Since we’re happy with our current choice, we then begin to invest even more in the relationship.
Stresses: Because of the lack of commitment, we’re also more likely to worry about what our dating partner is thinking.
Whether our thoughts are “what does she think of me? ” we are uncertain about the future of the relationship.