Stage between friends and dating
With all this can come the triggering of each person’s emotional wounds.
Here is where what each person is particularly sensitive to – criticism, control, lack of appreciation, not getting enough attention – begins to stir: Chris starts to feel micromanaged, or Kara feels abandoned and is increasingly resentful of his working weekends.
Researchers have found that oxytocin levels naturally drop in couples somewhere between 9 and 18 months.
What this all translates to for couples is the natural experience that things are settling or a winding down.
Physical distance keeps the potential emotional conflict at bay: You bite your tongue and by the time the next weekend rolls around your irritation has receded.
Finally, this is the time when the couple starts to have serious conversations about the future.They immediately felt connected, the chemistry was hot, it was easy to see that he was a kind and considerate soul. While the first six months were great, it seems lately that things are beginning to slide.