Dating in non exclusive relationship
People make this decision because they want commitment and to take the relationship to the next level.
Erick Kristian began writing professionally in 2008.
During “experimenting” you are realizing you both think fedora hats are stupid. But it seems like the “intensifying” and “integrating” phases are becoming hazy in modern dating: You’re a couple at a BBQ, but you don’t want to use labels.
You’re not sleeping with anyone else, but they aren’t your girlfriend.
When people date exclusively, they are taking themselves out of the dating game to devote time and love to one person.
A couple is exclusive when both parties decide and make a conscious effort to only be in a romantic relationship with each other.
We’re trained to assume that relationships happen in five stages: initiating, experimenting, intensifying, integrating, and bonding.
Developed by Mark Knapp, the Relational Development Model (also aptly known as “Knapp’s Theory”) is the sort of theory that you know about without actually knowing about.
Exclusively dating someone means that both parties have agreed to only see each other romantically.
What makes this harder to navigate is the fact that people interpret social relationships so differently.