31/08/2010 15:39 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

The Different Relationships You Should Be Having


Whether you're searching for Mr Right or Mr Right Now, there are a number of relationships we'll all experience on the path to true love.

From the fling to the rebound man, there are some common dating patterns we inevitably go through - but hey, that's half the fun.

While you're working your way towards your own happy ever after, see if any of your past passions feature below.

The holiday romance
The sun is shining, the cocktails are half-price and you're looking gorgeous with a tan. Your summer lovin' could be with the cute guy in the club, that waiter who's been flirting with you all week, or a handsome holiday rep. Is it going to be long-term love? Probably not, but have fun, stay safe and make sure you have plenty of photos to laugh over years later.

The first love
You never forget your first love, mainly because you've never experienced such powerful emotions before. All that angst over whether he cares, saying "I love you" for the first time and possibly your first sexual experience, your first love is a significant one. For a long time he'll be the one you measure all your other relationships against. Because, apart from a minority of childhood sweethearts, he could also be the first to break your heart.

The instant chemical attraction
Who cares if you've got nothing in common? The hormones are flying, your heart is pounding and you can barely breathe; does it matter if you didn't exactly catch his name?! This relationship can be one of the most intense of your life, but don't mistake it for the real thing. Incredible chemistry doesn't come along very often and eventually fades - unless you have something in common, it will fizzle out. Even if that's by the morning.

The rebound man
There's nothing worse for the ego than being dumped - especially if it's unexpected. But there's one quick-fix we've all fallen for in the shape of the rebound man. Unlike your ex, he thinks you're funny, sexy and a damn fine catch. Although he's a great bandage for your broken heart, take things slow. You're still hurting and healing, and unlikely to be ready for another relationship quite so soon.

The one-night stand
Don't blush! Even if you've never done it, you've probably thought about it. One-night stands can be great or grim. If it's the latter, instead of beating yourself up, just learn from your mistakes rather than getting into a self-destructive pattern. And do we really need to tell you always to use a condom? No, thought not.

The desperate drama
More ups and downs than a rollercoaster, you're either blissfully ecstatic or in floods of tears. He sweeps you off your feet, then stands you up. He proclaims you his goddess, then stops calling. The drama of this love affair can take over your life – right up until you're calling your best mate at midnight once again. Ladies, get off the rollercoaster and finish with him.

The one
The holy grail of relationships. He's your soulmate, the person who completes you, your other half - and he's out there somewhere. But if you take a more practical approach to your emotions, we like Cameron Diaz's recent opinion on the matter. She says, "Who wants to be with the same person for 80 years? Why not break it up a little bit?

"I think people get freaked out about getting married and spending 20 or 30 years sleeping with the same person but if that's the case, don't do it. Have someone for five years and another person for another five years. Life is long and lucky and yes, love might last forever, but you don't always live with the person you love forever." We couldn't have put it better ourselves!