The dynamics of a relationship often depend on the agreement of the couple involved. This “understanding” between you and your guy may help you maintain the relationship while still allowing enough space for each other to grow as individuals and meet other people, or it may not—however it works out, the choice is yours.

Relationships come in stages, including (but by no means limited to) the ones discussed in the gallery below. If you’re in a relationship with a guy, it’s important to be aware of which stage you're in so that neither of you is more (or less) attached or emotionally invested than the other at any stage.

To help you determine what stage your relationship is in, we’ve prepared a short description of four general relationship types in the gallery below. Remember that just because you’re in one stage of a relationship doesn’t mean you can’t move to another or skip over other stages completely.

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