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Photo: OnPhotoUa (Shutterstock) As the good book says, to every thing there is a season—a that’s especially true in relationships, which have distinct phases couples navigate, usually without even realizing that they’re leaving one and entering another. There is some disagreement among experts about how many stages there really are, but there is no disagreement that phases are real and relationships are always changing. Recognizing which stage you’re in and how to best get through it can help you build a lasting partnership, so let’s go over what they look like. Most relationships start with a honeymoon stage The honeymoon stage is, frankly, the fun part. This is where you’re getting to know your new boo. There are a lot of dates, romance, long talks, and sexcapades. You know what this stage is all about: You get butterflies when they text you, you rush to get off work so you can go hang out with them, and you think they’re absolutely perfect. You tell each other your favorite colors, describe your childhoods, and talk, talk, talk all the time. Everything you learn about them just makes you like them more and you tell all your friends how great they are and what an improvement they are over your ex. What’s more, you really believe it. The issue with the honeymoon stage is you have your rose-colored glasses on. Everything the other person does is endearing. You are getting to know them, yes, but you don’t really know them that […]