Awkward stage of dating
When you were a kid, you thought dating would be simple: you meet an awesome person, you know you both like each other, and you're automatically together, right? But you know if you've moved into "relationship" territory yet. Now, you've been hanging out with someone amazing for awhile, and you two are definitely more than friends.If one partner publicly engages in aggressive or offensive humor -- such as making fun of someone's faults -- the other partner often feels personally embarrassed, according to relationship researcher Jeff Hall in the "Relationships Matters!
Whether you're having an awkward moment or the whole relationship is filled with stress, fixing it means getting to the root of the problem.Try to come to an agreement about acceptable limits on humor in public. Misinterpreting these quiet moments can quickly stop your relationship in its tracks, according to licensed psychologist Suzanne Phillips in "Understanding the Sounds of Silence in Your Relationship" for Psych Central.If you're the silent one, clarify the reason behind it for your partner.Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents.She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.