Stages of Relationships-Gathering & Learning

All relationships go through stages, whether they are personal relationships or professional relationships.  This week at Imagine Hope we will be discussing the 4 stages we believe are necessary in order to have a healthy and productive relationship: Gathering & Learning, Conflict, Creating Norms, and Emotional Safety & Intimacy.

Gathering & Learning

This is the easiest stage because this is where you get to know each other.  In this initial stage, you gather information about the other person in order to create a bond and foundation.  Oftentimes this helps form a friendship or partnership. 

In a personal relationship you may find common interests or ask questions to see if you are compatible.  In a professional relationship, you may try to find out about the person’s work style and performance.  The conversations in this stage are overall very surface level and not deep.   

This is where you can determine if the person feels safe enough to move onto the next step.  Check back tomorrow as we discuss the Conflict stage! 

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.