Getting to know each other dating stage
If the meeting is by chance (or design of others) then this stage is effectively skipped. One person usually knows first and the second person may not know until the first meeting.Knowing about them may happen in various ways, for example a man may see a woman in a bar or a sales person hears of a possible customer from a colleague.This says 'I trust you' and encourages a reciprocal exposure of vulnerabilities.Coming together is seldom a single movement and often appears as a dance with one approaching, the other retreating then moving back in and so forth.When both parties want to develop the relationship further, then there is more activity to get to a stronger closeness.Getting closer means spending more time with the other person.
Exchange at this level typically includes a seeking of common factors such as origins, hobbies, families, friends, work and so on.
Also note that these stages are not all sequential.
Phases 3 to 5 in particular are likely to have some overlap.
Presented here is a comprehensive generic model, based on a wide review of other models.
Note that it focuses on growth of the relationship and does not include subsequent breakdown stages.