What this all translates into for couples is the natural experience that things are settling or a winding down.
Routines set in, the hot chemistry is okay, but less hot.
Researchers have found that oxytocin levels naturally drop in couples somewhere between 9 and 18 months.
It’s an evolutionally thing; nature is telling you it’s time to stop bonding and swooning about each other, get back to work, start focusing on building a family.
Here Kara loses her job or Sam's grandmother dies and he is devastated, or Chris has a medical crisis.
The couple is challenged to respond as a unit – to be supportive about the job, to come or not to the funeral, to face the medical issues together -- all a testing of the strength of the relationship and each partner's ability to deal with crises and anxiety.
Just as marriages move through stages, so too do dating relationships.
The sex life has taken a downturn, it feels like they talk past each other at times, her moodiness is irritating him more, and she is complaining about the weekends he sometimes needs to work for his job.Here they are: Stage 1: Oxytocin or bust This is where Tasha is at.At this stage of the relationship, chemistry, both emotional and physical, is in the forefront.She obsesses about him all day long, they text all through the day.Chris has been in a relationship with Kara for the past year.