What does ERE stand for?

Established relationship energy

‘ERE’ is a slang term used to describe the emotions related to being in a long-term, established romantic relationship. It’s the stage that comes right after the initial excitement and euphoria of a new relationship, often referred to as new relationship energy (NRE).

During the ERE phase, the initial rush of feelings might start to fade, and partners begin to see each other’s strengths and weaknesses more clearly. The relationship might require more effort to keep going, as the dynamics shift from the initial attraction phase.

However, ERE also brings its own set of benefits. Partners usually feel more secure in the relationship, and their understanding of each other’s preferences and dislikes deepens. This phase can be a time of growth and deeper bonding.

You can find the term ERE used in different places such as text messages, relationship forums (including ones focused on polyamorous relationships), and on social media platforms. For instance, someone might share a meme on a forum with the caption, “Gotta love that ERE.”

Example for using ‘ERE’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that meme about ERE? πŸ˜„

Yes! It was so relatable! πŸ˜‚ ERE is such a rollercoaster, right?

Absolutely! πŸ˜… It’s like we’ve moved past the honeymoon phase and now we’re in the ERE zone.

Definitely. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies anymore, but there’s a deeper connection too. ❀️