In my experience, this is the only way to know you're exclusive: to talk about it.

You've Been Dating a Significant Amount Of Time In my head, commitment takes a minimum of 6 months of exclusive dating.

There’s fun, playfulness and laughter in abundance in your relationship. You know that you’ll both support each other as you work to improve yourselves.

You might not agree on absolutely everything, but you feel like your opinion is respected and you respect theirs, too. You love the thought of your partner mingling around the dinner table with your family and laughing it up with your friends at a BBQ.

There Are Unspoken Expectations This is when she's doing something with her family and you know you're supposed to be there, or when someone has to pick up her dad from the airport and only you can do it.

This "unspoken expectations" level isone of the scariest thing about commitment for guys...because we are lazy.

If you can teach yourself to spot the signs of an incompatible partner, you’ll be able to avoid spending too much time in the wrong relationship and be open when the right relationship comes along. Perhaps you’re overly stimulated or maybe you’re bored but either way, you’re not playing on the same field as your partner. The longer you stay, the stronger the feeling gets and if you’ve confronted them about it, it usually hasn’t gone well. What if things don’t get any better than they are right now?

They hate the way you’re so critical when you’re angry. You fight, and fight and fight and there’s never any attempt to rectify the behaviours that you know get on each other’s nerves. When you think of your five to ten year plan, you struggle to see how they’ll fit in. There are too many questions and you’re fairly sure you already know the answers.You tell yourself it’s because you’re just nervous that you want your loved ones to like them, but in the back of your mind you’re stressing about all the things that might go wrong. You’re willing to work on your shortcomings together.You can practically already hear your family saying, 2. When you hang out together, you feel positive and happy. When you do have a conflict, you’re both willing to work on your faults and behavioural patterns to improve the relationship.Either you'll move into the "dating" stage or one of you will develop feelings and the whole situation will fall apart.If you are both mature enough to separate your emotional feelings from physical interactions, then you could be friends with benefits.Usually, you won't spend time together outside of the bedroom.