Five Stages of a Relationship by George Levinger – S1E9

Five stages of a Relationship are similar to the many levels of infrastructure within a freeway
Ryan highlights the Five Stages of a Relationship by George Levinger. The TRP team reviews all these stages: Acquaintance, Build-up, Continuation, Deterioration, and Termination. John wants to put this in modern terms so he refers to these stages as “Eat and Greet, Second Entree, Autopilot, Ready to Bounce, and Ghosting.”

Background on George Levinger:

  • Pioneered research on interpersonal attraction and close relationships.
  • Publishing dozens of articles including:
    • Close Relationships: Perspectives on the Meaning of Intimacy
    • Divorce and Seperation: Context, Causes, and Consequences
    • Close Relationships
  • Professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 1965 to 1992.
  • Passed away on July 3, 2017.

Five Stages of a Relationship by George Levinger

  1. Acquaintance: Relationship starts with mutual attraction.
  2. Build-up: Couples become increasingly interdependent.
  3. Continuation: Couple’s lives becomes intertwined.
  4. Deterioration: Bond breaks cost overshadows rewards.
  5. Termination: The relationship ends due to deterioration.

fIVE Stages of a Relationship Outline

  • Do you agree with the order of these terms? Why or why not?
  • Do you agree with the definition of these terms? Why or why not?
  • Are there any stages missing from this list?
  • Discussion Reference: 5-stage model – George Levinger 1980. Read here.

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