I learned two new words as related to relationship… simmering and icing. They come from this podcast Note to Self that I listen to. In this podcast, the host interviews a relationship expert about online relationships and the recent occurrence of a new behavior of being in a relationship while at the same time not in a relationship. It’s like Schrodinger’s cat.
What fascinates me is the last half the episode where the expert talks about the changing definition of relationship. The expert reframes the relationship not as a growth of a couple together but a growth of two distinct separate but equal (for lack of a better phrase) individuals. The expert simplifies this distinction with an analogy of cornerstone vs. capstone model of relationship.
This episode is very enlightening. Go listen.