- When it comes to letting go and fully being comfortable around your partner, many rules govern just how much you can let go.
- According to Bustle, the honeymoon phase in a relationship lasts 12-24 months, so before you can take off your contact lenses, wear your glasses with your sweatpants and fully geek out, you need to await this period to be over (as if that's possible).
- Apparently the simple reason is that you need to preserve the honeymoon phase, also known as the thrilling phase, for as long as you can - provided you think this is even a thing.
Marriage and Family Therapy Specialist Dr Stan Tatkin dubs the honeymoon phase of a relationship as the beginning of a relationship when both partners are essentially on drugs – their endogenous drugs.
In other words, this is the waiting period before you can share your most undesirable traits, according to your perception. While looking at this phase, we need to acknowledge that many women are so comfortable with themselves that bearing their soul early on doesn't mean any changes in their relationship.
We have to admit; every relationship goes through stages, and licensed marriage and family therapist, Linda Caroll says the five stages of a relationship include, Merge, Doubt and Denial, Disillusionment, the Decision and the Wholehearted Love stage.
Our focus will be on the Merge stage, which is driven by the sweeping romance that often consumes a couple when they first get together, including an all-consuming joy in the presence of your partner and insatiable passionate sex.
Before we let out what women have shared with us about their most awkward quirky moments, we need to highlight the signs that let you know that the honeymoon phase of your relationship has ended, according to Bustle:
- You notice your partner’s negative traits - As the honeymoon phase ends, you see the little things that used to be cute quickly becoming annoying.
- Your passion has faded – The point where you feel less excited about your partner, including between the sheets, might be a hint the romantic phase has drawn to a close.
- You become reactive to conflict – As the phase draws close to an end, you might start finding yourself becoming reactive without thinking during a conflict.
- You had power struggles – You reach a moment where you might find it difficult to compromise.
- You’re keeping score – When couples have conflict, there may be negative feelings withheld which causes the other to start keeping score of who caused the previous conflict.
Due to the excitement, there’s one way of telling if you’ve crossed the line, through your feelings. Deep down in your heart of hearts, you know when you have done something that you would only do alone, around friends and family without any judgment.
Below women share the moment they realise they’ve gotten a bit too comfortable:
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