“If it turns out that the partners want very different things or are very incompatible with how they feel about each other, DTR is important in identifying these problems and making the couple aware that they should not continue their relationship if they are not aligned enough,” explains psychologist Dr. Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D.
When you really, really, really like someone and you aren’t sure how they feel, Dr. Thomas says it’s normal to feel distress, confusion, instability and can even create a riff within your connection.
Ironically enough, she notes that when couples avoid this conversation for too long, it could have the opposite impact of tearing them apart, instead of bringing them together.
“A person who is falling in love with his or her significant other may tell him or her that they should DTR so both parties can candidly admit how they feel about each other instead of assuming such important things,” Dr. Thomas shares.
Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. is a therapist in Los Angeles. To read the full article, “Dating Glossary: DTR” visit datezie.com