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For the episode of the same name, see The Platinum Rule.
The Golden and Platinum Rule

The Golden and Platinum rules.

The all-important Platinum Rule, one of Barney's many theories. It supersedes the golden rule and states that a person should never date someone that they see on a regular basis. As stated in The Bro Code:

Article 83: A bro shall, at all costs, honor the Platinum Rule: Never, ever, ever ever "love" thy neighbor. In particular, a Bro shall never mix it up romantically with a co-worker. [1]

In trying to convince Ted not to date Stella, his dermatologist, in 2008, Barney explains that such relationships never work out in the end and lead to never-ending suffering as those involved would constantly see each other. Barney explains the eight stages which this relationship inevitably goes through and applies his theory on three previous failed relationships: his own dating of Wendy the Waitress in 2005, Marshall and Lily befriending their neighbors in 2006, and Robin dating co-anchor Curt Irons in 2007. [2]

StagesEdit

  1. Attraction
  2. Bargaining
  3. Submission
  4. Perks
  5. Tipping Point
  6. Purgatory
  7. Confrontation
  8. Fall Out
  9. Co-existence (added by Ted)

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Bro Code, page 108, by Barney Stinson with Matt Kuhn. 2008 by Simon and Schuster, New York, NY. ISBN 978-1-4391-1000-3.
  2. The Platinum Rule




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