All those ups and downs are leading to something. Could it be love?
We’ve all heard of the five stages of grief according to the Kübler-Ross model: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Believe it or not, grief and intimacy mirror one another—the intensity, the dullness, the gains, and the loss.
Although there are no typical couples, every relationship goes through intimacy stages. And just like with grief, these stages do not always happen in this particular order.
Take a look. What stage is your relationship in?
“OMG, I just met the love of my life.”
“He is perfect. I want to marry him.”
“I can’t believe we have so much in common.”
“He is great in bed.”
“I cannot wait to see him again.”
“Oh, I should eat something. I’m going to vomit.”
Oh, the sweet, syrupy stage of infatuation. It’s so wonderful and so difficult to resist.