How long does it take for one to show their true colors?

I guess I have yet to experience someone to just flip on me but I hear once people have a commitment or know they have you they change...why and when?... if any of these questions can even really be answered LOL.


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  • Hi, Anonymous --

    Great question! The answer is not too complicated, and it's really the same for men and women. The reason is "comfort level." Relationships go through stages (as you know). The initial stage is infatuation and "hunt" -- both parties want to please each ther and do everything they can to show their loyalty, commitment, and liking of the other person. They put the other person first, and they do what they can to show that person that he/she is doing the right thing by being with them.

    The problem with this stage is people tend to believe that it will remain like that forever. Usually it won't last bast 6 months, most frequently it begins to burn out after 3 or 4 months if you see each other everyday. Why? Because that level of effort is very hard to maintain. It usually means you put the rest of your friends second, you put your whole like "second" frequently, to making the relationship work. That's just exhausting. Often you will do things you don't really like, just to impress or make your partner feel good.

    The second stage is pull-back and assess. In this mode, you stop being infatuated, and start looking at your "partner" from the perspective of "long term." That just means you begin to be yourself again! You start going out with friends, you begin to be critical of the faults you once ignored in the infatuation stage, and you start trying to integrate your partner into your own world -- but on your terms. This is often viewed as "pulling back" because you are no longer solely focused on making your partner happy, or always worrying about what they want. This can lead to fighting and anger if the partner is still in the infatuation stage and feels cheated, or if the partner does not like when you STOP making them the center of your world.

    The final stage is "maintainence mode" -- in this mode, you compromise. In pull-back, you wanted to get back to your friends, and you wanted to pick-up the pieces you left behind when you just went crazy over your partner. Now, in maintainence mode, you strike a balance. This is can cause serious problems too because it requires that both parties be mature enough to realize that they cannot be the sole focus, yet have to give up some of their own life in order to make the partnership work. That level of maturity can kill many relationships.


    • Sean you're the master of brilliant answers! I'm a big fan :D well-put really :)

    • Flattery will get you everywhere, my dear (winking).


    • I use to have a good friend who I thought I had a lot in common with but after he asked my out and lightly rejected him he started to show his true colors. Everything I thought we had a lot in common with was a lie. It's either he put on a mask to get to me or he became a jerk just to spite me. But it's comfirmed now that he was putting up an act. This isone situation where someone's mask might slip and show who they really are.


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  • Yeah I had this happen with my ex fiance’ (4yrs into it). Once she got the ring (which she had been bugging me about for 2yrs), she shut down. Didn’t come over much. Never wanted to have fun. All affection dried up, nagged me about everything, and she stopped working out & eating crap food gaining about 20lbs in 3 months. It was like someone flipped a switch and she just stopped trying to win me over.

    I dumped her and omg did she try hard after that. Too late, I didn’t trust her to make me happy anymore.

  • "how long does it take for one to show their true colors"-as soon as there is a hint of adversity.

  • 2.5 years. I swear that's when every relationship is at the make or break point.


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