Can We Guess What Stage Your Relationship Is In?

 

The phase when all your Brain can think about is love is commonly known as the Euphoric stage of relationships. According to a study conducted decades back by Helen Fisher, a neuroscientist and senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, and Lucy Brown; a Clinical Professor in Neurology at Einstein College of Medicine in New York, there is a drastic difference between the activity of the brain when compared to the beginning of a relationship and a later stages.

This is the time when the object of your attention is your partner and you do things that you might not later. You forgive almost everything, you even ignore faults which you wouldn’t generally. Good things outweigh the negative ones. This is also known as suspension of negative success which acts as a key factor in success of a relationship.

There is a decrease in activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is the part that engages with the negative judgement of people. The longer this is practiced, the longer they can avoid trouble in paradise.

In the study, couple who had stayed longer in a relationship had decreased activity in this part of the brain as compared to the couples who have stayed in relationship for a shorter span. According to the study this phase normally lasts from six months to 2 years. Though only 10-15% of the population are able to maintain it even after 10-15 years. But for most of the people the intoxication of new love causes the formation of the next stage.

Shot of a happy young couple relaxing in the kitchen in the at home

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  • Question of

    How do you feel when they call?

    • Ecstatic
    • Physically better
    • Depends how busy I am
    • Mostly slightly smiley
  • Question of

    Do you know how they take their coffee?

    • No idea
    • Of course, I know all about my boo – oh, hang on, maybe it’s without sugar.
    • I know that I know, because I just make it every day, but I couldn’t tell you – it’s sheer muscle memory.
    • Yes
  • Question of

    Have you had the tough conversations?

    • There aren’t any!
    • Not yet, I’m scared.
    • Yes, ages ago
    • We’re still having a few.
  • Question of

    Do you know how much they value money?

    • I know they like to spend it on me.
    • No idea
    • They value them the same as I do.
    • Yes, we both wish we had a little more.
  • Question of

    Have you met the parents?

    • Not yet
    • Yes, it didn’t go well.
    • Happily, they are no longer with us.
    • Yes, they are a necessary evil.
  • Question of

    Have you mingled your finances?

    • Nope
    • Not yet
    • So long ago
    • Nearly all
  • Question of

    Do you live together?

    • I don’t even know where they live.
    • I wish.
    • Yes, we own a home.
    • Yes, we rent together.
  • Question of

    How often do you accurately predict their order at a restaurant?

    • I haven’t yet.
    • Half the time
    • 100% of the time
    • 80% of the time
  • Question of

    Do they know which move you especially like and dislike in the bedroom?

    • I like everything they do!
    • I have not had the heart to tell them yet.
    • I’m not sure either of us can remember.
    • Yes, but we don’t get to do it much.
  • Question of

    How far out is the furthest plan you have together?

    • Tuesday
    • This summer
    • We have side-by-side cemetery plots.
    • We have a shared 401K.
  • Question of

    Have they ever seen you throw up?

    • Goodness, no.
    • It was a near miss.
    • So many times
    • A few times
  • Question of

    Have you gone through something really awful together?

    • Everything is lovely!
    • No, only small things.
    • Many things, but we got stronger.
    • A few things
  • Question of

    Besides your jobs, have you clapped eyes on anyone but each other in the last month?

    • No, only my boo.
    • Some mutual friends
    • Yes, we have our own lives as well as each other.
    • Only the kids, but we keep meaning to go out.
  • Question of

    How many nicknames do you have for each other?

    • Just one so far
    • 200
    • We used to have more, but we have whittled them down now to a couple.
    • A few dozen in regular use.
  • Question of

    Do you do their laundry?

    • No, but I would!
    • Of course!
    • Separate laundry is key to a good relationship, so no.
    • Whoever’s turn it is, does it.

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