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wordydirds, I agree it doesn't have to be a "phase". However most people treat "the new" better than the "tried & true". Once they're (comfortable) in a new job, relationship, or whatever they "dial back" on their efforts and expect to coast.
Yes, if a couple is in a happy relationship it will always contain some elements of the "infatuation phase".
Devika Primić says
I think it's very common for young people in particular to loose interest in relationships once the "infatuation phase" passes. Some even feel as though they're no longer in love once a relationship becomes more mundane. No one feels giddy forever