The Realization Stage Checklist

You may be in the Realization stage if: [step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””] [step-item number=”1. ” image_url=”” title=”Waning Romance” ] The initial

You may be in the Realization stage if:

[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””] [step-item number=”1. ” image_url=”” title=”Waning Romance” ] The initial romance and passion of your marriage are waning[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2. ” image_url=”” title=”Negotiations” ]You find yourselves negotiating things you never worried about before[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3. ” image_url=”” title=”Explanations” ]You are frequently explaining things about yourself to your partner[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4. ” image_url=”” title=”New Rules” ]You spend lots of time establishing rules for how you’ll function as partners[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5. ” image_url=”” title=”Imperfect” ]Your partner suddenly seems less than perfect — you discover he or she has flaws and imperfections just like everybody else[/step-item]

[step-item number=”6. ” image_url=”” title=”Annoyed” ]For the first time, you find your spouse irritating, annoying, even boring[/step-item]

[step-item number=”7. ” image_url=”” title=”Self Questioning” ]You have asked yourself recently if you made the right choice in a mate[/step-item]

[step-item number=”8. ” image_url=”” title=”Newly Weds” ]You’ve been married for at least six months (couples may start experiencing the challenges of the Realization stage even sooner, or as long as two years after marrying) [/step-item]
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