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.
I continued to find myself smitten, gushing to my mom about him, telling her that 13 years wasn’t that big of an age difference because we got along so well and it just didn’t matter.
We continued to date until, eventually, our lifestyles proved drastically different.
Since we’re happy with our current choice, we then begin to invest even more in the relationship.
If we feel satisfied in our serious dating relationship, then we begin to discuss the future and make plans for making our relationship more permanent.
It’s a “getting to know you” phase where we’re not likely to invest much in the relationship or worry about how we feel about the relationship as a whole.
Stresses: Because of the lack of commitment, we’re also more likely to worry about what our dating partner is thinking.I’m interested to see where this relationship can go.” Stresses: We often begin exclusive dating relationships because we feel that we’re not likely to find someone we want to be with more than our new partner.We may still keep our eyes open to other potential partners, but we will likely find it more difficult to find someone we feel is a better fit for us.“You’ll never guess,” he said, which is when I tried to examine his face for wrinkles and his hair for salt-and-pepper grays—but there weren’t any. Then he excused himself to the go to the bathroom while I sat wondering what this number meant: Would he want to move faster in a relationship? Would he be appalled by my tiny studio apartment, which I could barely afford?“So I know what you’re thinking,” he said, upon returning. ” He launched into an explanation about not finding the right woman yet and managed to quell all of my concerns—at least for the time being.A week later, somewhere between one and four glasses of wine, he told me I looked “quite young” and asked how old I was.“I’m 25,” I said, trying to seem proud of the number even though I’d just celebrated this birthday with a bit of dread about growing up.