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Do You Understand The 4 Stages of Relationships?


The four stages of relationships are often referred to as the honeymoon stage, the power struggle stage, the stability stage, and the commitment stage. Each stage presents its own unique challenges and opportunities for growth.


The honeymoon stage is the initial phase of a relationship, characterized by feelings of excitement, passion, and infatuation. Couples in this stage may find themselves spending all of their time together, constantly thinking about each other, and experiencing intense emotional highs. However, this stage can also be filled with unrealistic expectations and a lack of understanding of each other's needs and boundaries. It is important for couples to take the time to get to know each other and establish open and honest communication during this stage to set a strong foundation for the relationship.


The power struggle stage is the next phase of a relationship, characterized by a shift in dynamics as couples begin to navigate the realities of their differences. Conflicts may arise as couples try to establish their roles and responsibilities in the relationship, and they may also begin to struggle with issues such as trust, intimacy, and control. It is important for couples to work through these challenges and to learn healthy ways to resolve conflicts. This can be done through effective communication, compromise and mutual respect. One thing that is critical to this is unconditional high regard for both yourself and your partner.


The stability stage is the third phase of a relationship, characterized by a sense of balance and stability. Couples in this stage have worked through many of the challenges of the earlier stages, and have developed a sense of trust and understanding. They may be more comfortable with each other and have a deeper understanding of each other's needs and boundaries. However, it is important for couples to continue to work on communication and intimacy to maintain the health of the relationship.


The commitment stage is the final phase of a relationship, characterized by a deep commitment to each other and a willingness to work through any challenges that may arise. Couples in this stage have a strong foundation of trust, understanding, and intimacy and are able to work through any conflicts that may arise. They are also able to support each other through the ups and downs of life and make decisions together that are in the best interests of the relationship. One thing that is critical to this is unconditional high regard for both yourself and your partner.


In conclusion, relationships go through different stages, each with their own unique challenges and opportunities. It is important for couples to be aware of these stages and to work through them in a healthy way. This can be done through effective communication, compromise, mutual respect, and a commitment to each other.


If you are in this situation and are in the power struggle stage and are tired of fighting feel free to email me at denniscollins@manoflegacy.org. I am also present daily in www.mentoring.men a vibrant online men’s community with over 20 group coaching sessions a month.


References:

-Gottman, John. The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships. Harmony, 2002.

-Gottman, John. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert. Crown Publishers, 1999.

-Tatkin, Stan. Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship. New Harbinger Publications, 2011.

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