The 5 Stages Of A Relationship All Couples Go Through, According To Research

We already know that love is many splendorous things, but everyone who has been in a long-term relationship knows

 that the path of true love, no matter how magnificent it is, is rarely smooth.

Couples go through numerous stages of a relationship as they transition from their single lives as two people

 to a team choosing to make their lives one, as happens with anything that grows over time.

You may feel sick to your stomach at times, but in a pleasant manner. At times, your libido may appear to be completely out of control

Sometimes you can't get enough of that person and don't want to be apart from them, and other times you wonder if they'll ever (finally) go and give you some peace and quiet.

According to a 2014 study for the online dating service eHarmony done by psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, 

 there are five stages of relationships that couples commonly go through over time: butterflies, building, assimilation, honesty, and stability.

It's crucial to note that these phases don't always occur in the same sequence, and some may occur or reoccur in cycles, 

which means that some couples may return to specific stages multiple times throughout their relationship.

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