Have you ever thought about the five stages in a relationship?

Some couples never advance to the later stages because of incompatibility or emotional immaturity. It occurs when you are beginning to get to know each other.

It might also be called the fantasy phase because your partner can seem perfect during this time.

How long this phase lasts varies, but it can be anywhere from a few months to a few years.

In this stage, you are focusing on your similarities. You are in love, after all, and you can't imagine being apart from your lover.

Conflict is not only avoided in this stage but seems like it will never happen at all. People who are constantly changing partners are often trying to remain in this stage.

This stage often will begin to creep in slowly during your relationship, but will sometimes happen all at once.

In this phase, you now start to see flaws in your partner or behaviors you just don't like.

It's not that you are no longer in love, but your partner doesn't seem as great as he or she was in stage one. The romance stage features many endorphins running through your body that gives you that "high" sensation.

Your body can't keep this up forever, and so in this stage your elation begins to level off. What began as reality setting in during stage two often turns to disappointment in stage three.

The problem here is that as a couple you believe that arguments are bad but you are angry at each other anyway.

Some of the anger can be over trivial things such as small differences between you.