The 5 Phases of Dating
I was talking with a friend a while back (a new divorcee) and he was telling me about the woman that he had been dating and how she seems to have “changed” from when he first met her. This particular friend was not familiar with my theory of the 5 Phases of Dating so we ended up having a discussion about it. That discussion prompted me to adapt my concept of the 5 Stages of dating to a graphical representation called “The Technology Hype Cycle” that was originally created by Gartner, Inc.
If you’re not familiar, Gartner is an information technology research and advisory firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. Hype cycles are a graphic representation of the maturity, adoption and social application of specific technologies. Since 1995, Gartner has used hype cycles to characterize the over-enthusiasm or “hype” and subsequent disappointment that typically happens with the introduction of new technologies. Hype cycles also show how and when technologies move beyond the hype, offer practical benefits and become widely accepted.
These five sections are then mapped to a chart which visually shows the progression and the five stages over time. Make sense? Ok, so how does all of this apply to relationships & dating? When first I saw the hype cycle concept many years ago, I immediately recognized its relevance to explaining the conundrum of dating and relationships. Relationship satisfaction is the key to long term happiness and as a result the ultimate goal, When you’ve found the right partner for you, you’ll be able to get through the first 4 stages and settle in a healthy and balanced relationship!
RelationshipDNA will help you better understand your natural tendencies, subconscious preferences and more, which all work together to ensure that you feel satisfied in your relationships. Armed with this information, you’ll know what to look for when searching for a truly compatible partner.
So without further ado, here are the 5 Phases of Dating. Enjoy!