From dating to serious
We begin to think more long-term about the relationship and consider our options for the future.When we’re in serious relationships, we may find other people attractive, but we are not likely to think about others in terms of potential relationship partners.It’s a “getting to know you” phase where we’re not likely to invest much in the relationship or worry about how we feel about the relationship as a whole.
If we feel satisfied in our serious dating relationship, then we begin to discuss the future and make plans for making our relationship more permanent.
We feel more comfortable around our partner, so we might start to let loose and show some of our quirks more.
However, with that disclosure comes a stronger fear of rejection and what the loss of the relationship would mean.
Therefore, commitment becomes an important part of the relationship.
Because we’re interested in building a relationship, we begin to invest in the relationship more, including opening up a little more and sharing more about ourselves.