The duration of each phase may vary significantly, from moment to years, based on opportunity and motivation of the parties.
Before the people in a relationship ever meet, there are a number of activities that may happen, leading up to the first meeting.
Also note that these stages are not all sequential.
Phases 3 to 5 in particular are likely to have some overlap.
Oh my god, where did you come from, most perfect person I have ever met?! /Wait, you listen to Dave Matthews Band and you're openly admitting that?
Kissing you is the best and hanging out with you is the best and also not having to date someone who is a total loser is the best!
Man, the qualities I do not love about you are really piling up. A lifetime of just pleasant experiences and awesome sex?
Oh, no, what if one day things aren't great and this ends. Do you think it might end, every friend I know and also strangers I ask on the street?
This weird EDM song that's mostly just beeping sounds with a foghorn playing over it? I'd be lying if I said that the fact that you brush your teeth using only baking soda wasn't confusing and strange, but I still like you a lot, so who cares? Presented here is a comprehensive generic model, based on a wide review of other models.Note that it focuses on growth of the relationship and does not include subsequent breakdown stages.Relationship Development Stages Before meeting | Getting to know you | Getting close | Stabilizing | Making commitments | So what?Relationships developed through a number of stages.