As couples enter stage two they begin to notice their differences and disagreement, but seldom talk about them. Instead they censor what they say out of fear of hurting the other person.
Stage 3: Relationship Assessment
In this stage couples begin needing time apart from each other. They want space and time to spend doing their own thing. The trick to success at this stage of the relationship is finding independent activities that do not put to much stress on the relationship. At this point couples either decide to separate or recommit.
Stage 4: Recommitment.
When a couple reaches this stage they have figured how to be unique individuals in a committed relationship. They have found balance and begin to embody the kind of love described by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.