The early stages of dating someone are high-key thrilling. There's the moment when you meet, the way you tell your friends about a new crush, and all the small interactions that give you a tropical forest's worth of butterflies in your gut. These are undoubtedly times to be savored and appreciated while simultaneously trying not to lose your sh*t about how it all makes you feel. If you're falling for someone and ready for the next step, there are some things you may notice about yourself when you're ready to define the relationship.
If you're ready to DTR, you'll likely feel a "sureness" that you're with the right person, Joshua Klapow Ph.D., clinical psychologist and host of The Kurre and Klapow Show tells Elite Daily. He also adds that when you're ready to define the relationship, you will go from seeing only the best qualities in your partner to seeing them as a much more realistic, real person. You will see this person's flaws and quirks, as well as the things that you like best about them. "These parts of the person become integrated into the whole picture. You see them in a much broader context and you are good with what you see," says Klapow. If you're curious about whether you're feeling ready to define the relationship with your SO, check out some of the following signs.