We've all heard of the five stages of grief according to the Kübler-Ross model: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
Related: 6 Cuddling Positions You MUST Try That Go WAY Beyond Just Spooning Although there are no typical couples, every relationship goes through intimacy stages. I want to marry him.""I can't believe we have so much in common.""He is great in bed.""I cannot to see him again.""Oh, I should eat something.
If you’ve ever cranked up the old internet machine and hammered ‘stages of a relationship’ into Google, you’ll have realized that for the most part, no two articles seem to be able to agree on what the stages actually are, or how many even exist.
Well, we’re aiming for the sky at Elite Singles, so we’ve swan dived into the world of academia and sought out a duo of experts who have worked to develop one of the most respected theories on the different stages of a relationship.
It doesn't matter what the initial intentions are – not as if you know what the other person's intentions are anyway – on the first date you're either sleeping together or not.
Stop listening to all that advice telling you to play it cool...
Knapp's Relational Development Model is a well documented theory on the stages of a relationship, and is the brainchild of communication scholar Mark L. In the model, Knapp divided the average couple’s journey into two phases containing five stages.
The two phases are ‘Coming Together’ and the slightly less enjoyable ‘Coming Apart’, and together they chart the trajectory of relationships from start to (possible) finish.
And chances are—if you feel these feelings in your budding relationship, he can sense them.
Trying to play the “cool card” when you are anything but, isn’t going to bring him closer.