Stage 1: Initial Meeting/Attraction Dating relationships have to start somewhere.
The initial meeting may take place over the internet, through friends, in a church or social group, at a party or bar or any one of a myriad of many different places.
Review the ways in which your past relationships have started.
The initial days, weeks, and months of a new relationship are very revealing.
At each stage, there is often a decision (sometimes more thoughtfully arrived at than others) to move forward or to end the relationship.
However, researchers have found this method to be much less common among young adults today.
“In [a] national survey, only 37 percent of the respondents said they had been on more than six dates of this kind, and a third said they had been asked on two dates or fewer” (Glenn & Marquart, 2001, p. Twenty years ago, if a young lady asked a young man on a date is was thought to be inappropriate.
Autonomy is great, but it is not without its burdens.
My tale concludes more happily than Bridget's: I have the luxury of looking forward to a life with my true love.