The 4 Stages Of Love And Why Too Many Get Stuck At Stage 3

3. Disillusionment.

This is the stage where most relationships go to die. It can come on slowly or be sudden. During stage three, we can be angry or withdrawn when hurt. We can feel trapped in the relationship. You don't want to give up, but yet you find yourself doing things you didn't think you'd ever do.

Maybe that OkCupid account gets reactivated for a day. Maybe you find your eyes drifting toward one of your coworkers. But how you handle this stage really sets the stage for the rest of your life together. It takes work to be the best person you can be for your partner. What will you choose?

4. Real love.

If you make it through disillusionment, stage four is for keeps. By confronting these major issues with your relationship, you build a foundation for the rest of your life together. The wounds heal, alliances are rebuilt, and true, intense love flourishes.

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