Rules For Dating When You Want a Serious Relationship. During the first few weeks or months of a relationship, I'm always skeptical of my feelings for the other person. We can initiate dates or group hangouts just as easily as men do. The dating world revolves around making the right proactive choices -- and this means that if you're ready for a monogamous relationship, you have to be clear about your goals, both to yourself and prospective partners.
How long you should date someone before you make it official. After all, I've been warned that these early feelings can be chalked up to the honeymoon phase, when you're infatuated with the thrill of a new relationship and just excited that your partner wants to date you. Having 'the talk' with your partner means you're ready to make a relationship 'official.' Some couples get there earlier than others, but sometimes it's tricky to know when you should broach the subject. According to a relationship psychologist, there is a socially acceptable answer.
Take It Slow If You Want Your Relationship to Last. But according to research, the honeymoon phase lasts from 12 to 24 months. I've never even been in a relationship for more than two years, so how do I know if my relationships have been based on genuine love or just early infatuation? For women, but not for men, the longer the delay between dating and sex, the better the perception of current relationship quality. If you’re in a long-term relationship now, you may wonder.