Today’s guest blog comes from therapist Teresa Maples, who does an excellent job of explaining the different stages of romantic relationships.
According to Stan Tatkin Ph D, there are a few stages in love relationships.
These stages will help you identify where you are in the development of your own relationship.
All three involve very different emotional states, so they require an adjustment with each transition. Romantic Love You are driven in this stage to idealize your potential partner. The novelty of a new love leads you to think about your partner day and night, imagining all the possibilities of how this person can fulfill your deepest desires.
You want to spend every moment of every day with your new partner in the bliss of newly discovered love.
Here, you should remember the saying, “If it’s too good to be true it usually is.” There’s a reason for this adage.
In this stage of romance, your brain is not able to access and incorporate red flags, or flaws in your potential partner.
You only see their potential and how you feel when you are with them.
Your brain is literally addicted to the feeling of being in love.
In this stage, you biologically lose your brain’s prefrontal lobes’ (the thinking and logical part of the brain) ability to reason.
Romantic love is the fodder of Hollywood movies and stories.
Romantic love sells, and we can’t get enough of it.