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The 7 Stages of MarriageBuilding a successful marriage is a lifelong challenge. Understanding the different stages of marriage and the phases they go through as a couple may help them build a stronger and more fulfilling relationship. According to relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein, LCSW, as it turns out, the firstyearreally is thehardest—even if couples have already lived together. In fact, it often doesn't matter whether couples had co-habited for multipleyears, the start ofmarriedlife is still tricky. In addition, Marriage therapist DeMaria and co-writer Harrar describes a short guide to the seven stages of marriage-Passion, Realization, Rebellion, Cooperation, Reunion, Explosion and Completion-along with techniques for "feeling happy, secure and satisfied" in any of them.Stage One of Marriage: PassionThis involves the honeymoon stage, when romance and intense attraction bond a couple together and lead to commitment. In retrospect, it frequently appears to be as short-lived as springtime—by two years, most couples have usually lost that initial magic, though this can vary by couple. However, when it is happening, the passion stage displays strength and significance. It is a wave of feel-good brain chemicals orchestrated by Mother Nature to make the two of you forsake all othersand take action to ensure the survival of the species.Even if you’re marrying later in life, or for the second time, nature supplies these delicious bursts of neurotransmitters to make you bond. Couples not only frolic and fall madly in love in the passion stage—they begin to establish the trust,
respect, mutuality, and emotional intimacy that will support their relationship to grow further into the upcoming stages forever.