Both halves of a couple will notice weaknesses and differences or flaws.

“Cute” habits might become irritating at this stage.

This is also an important stage for couples to use to evaluate the relationship and their ability to be part of an emotionally intelligent relationship.

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How would you feel if your partner tells you that he or she has been unfaithful? Regardless if it was in the past or the present, it truly hurts to know that the person you love betrayed your trust.

For those who have had such a heartbreaking experience, you know that it’s not easy to forgive and that it takes a special kind of love and a deeper bond to be able to accept your partner again with open arms.

Different arenas for meeting allow for different opportunities to get to know each other and see if there is enough curiosity or interest to take it to the next level which would involve arranging a second or third meeting.

Stage 2: Curiosity, Interest, and Infatuation During the second stage, attraction and infatuation are most pronounced.

There is no need to rush through this important stage and every reason to go slowly.

Stage 4: Commitment or Engagement At this stage in a relationship, couples should have a good understanding of their partner’s values, life style, and goals for the future.

As intimacy develops between the two people, more self-disclosure emerges, both verbally and nonverbally as couples act in ways that are more like how they are in their daily life.

This is when the big question emerges even more strongly: “Where are we headed?

Questions about children, finances, careers, future goals and lifestyle should be discussed more fully.

Differences are normal and couples will learn about themselves and their relationship as they note how they handle these differences with each other.

There should be a relationship with each other’s family and friends.