Use this as an opportunity to practice patience and compromise. Relationships are about embracing all of your partner – the good, the bad and the strange. During this stage, work and social obligations encroach on your relationship.You return to “life as usual” with one small addition – your partner.During this stage it’s easy to find your brain fighting your heart.

Differences are not noticed or are dismissed with thoughts like “not a big deal” or “she will change”.

Couples generally do not have much conflict at this stage of the cycle as each is really trying hard to impress the other person.

Early attraction often involves the physical attributes of the partner and include things like outward appearance, body type, interests and personality traits.

At this stage, the attraction may not be too “deep” and each half of a couple is generally putting his or her best foot forward.

This stage encourages your brain to release that feel-good trio (oxytocin, vasopressin and dopamine) to make sex better than ever. This strong emotional bond reaches out to other aspects of your life, too.

You are more likely to look out for your partner’s best interests and make decisions as a couple instead of making plans as a single person. It’s been a long, emotional journey but you made it!Love is not always logical, but it is important to balance your head and your heart to decide when a relationship is worth the time and commitment.Once you’ve decided it’s a compatible match, enjoy the experience of falling in love!Often (not always) there is not enough “is this the right person for me” but rather more “what can I do to make this person like me?” This stage may last for 3 or 4 months depending on the individuals and their maturity, experience and self-understanding.Positive qualities they had before will become more desirable and you will feel confident in your decision to date this person.