Taking a break during dating is often a cop out and will not achieve anything. Most doubts or uncertainties regarding your dating partner are best resolved through interacting with your date or by getting sage advice from those in the know.
However, there are unique situations when a break would be helpful. The first is what we term a Feelings Break, when you find there is strong compatibility but you feel that you don’t have a sufficient emotional connection. A break may allow you to see whether there is a flicker of connection upon which to build. The second we call a Thinking Break, when you have strong feelings towards your dating partner but are facing a major decision and feel that it should not be clouded by the growing emotional bond. If a break is warranted, it must be broached with the utmost sensitivity and maturity.
All people who are approaching dating with a healthy mindset should be willing to focus on the important things and not make a big deal out of trivialities. So, this holds true also for someone who feels under pressure. However, no person should forgo their highest and most valued priorities because they or someone else thinks “it is time to get hitched.”