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A Quick Compatibility Test To Find Out If Love Will Last

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A Quick Compatibility Test To Find Out If Love Will Last

Complete this compatibility test to grade your current or future potential long-term partner

As always, there are no magic pills but my clients have found this test useful in evaluating a potential long-term romantic partner.

In my view, unless a person scores at least a “B” on all five of these items, you’re probably wise to search for a more appropriate partner.

1. Sexual compatibility. Are you both sexually attracted to each other? And importantly, do your sex drives match?  If s/he craves daily hour-long sexfests while you much prefer a quiet weekly merge, you have a not-easily-fixed problem. Few in today’s generation have been brought up to think sex is dirty, so low sex drive is more likely to be caused by biology and thus is less likely to be improveable.

2. Non-sexual compatibility.  When you talk, do you both tend to respect the others’ opinions, values, and quality of thinking? Do you enjoy spending time together, even just sitting in the same room? Do you feel good about your partner when s/he is among your friends and family?

3. A postive bias toward life.  For most people, life ain’t easy. So, even if you tend to the negative, it’s great to have a partner who tilts toward the positive, both about life and  how s/he views you. So, is s/he likely to let your small screw-ups roll off his/her back or to give you a hard time?

4. Stable employment.  If both partners contribute significant income, each person has more freedom to do the kind of work s/he wants and is less tempted to cut ethical corners. Also, a person’s being stably employed is evidence that the person is capable, reliable, and not an undue procrastinator, all of which are important not only at work but in relationships.

5. Free from serious problems. We all have issues. But a person with a severe physical or mental illness, an addiction, a violent temper, inveterately lazy,  etc. is a big challenge to deal with. Alas, even years of therapy may not change a person fundamentally so your entering a relationship hoping to fix him or her, is a longshot. It may be wiser to turn your attentions elsewhere.

Other factors

Other weaknesses may be more malleable. For example, let’s say you are highly sensitive to emotional events and feel compelled to “process” them frequently. In contrast, your partner feels that “processing” expends too much emotional energy for the benefit derived. Realize that you shouldn’t expect your partner to meet all your needs. Instead, find a friend or family member who likes “processing.”

Or let’s say you and your partner have some disparate interests. For example, my wife loves to travel and to dance. I don’t, so she usually does those with friends, although I try to occasionally do those things with her.

In conclusion

Of course, none of us are perfect, even you. For example, you may wonder whether you deserve someone who scores at least a “B” on all five criteria. If you don’t, perhaps ask yourself whether you can improve enough to deserve a good partner. And if not, rather than settling for someone who scores C or lower on those criteria, maybe you should defer looking for a long-time partner, at least for a while.

Marty Nemko’s bio is in Wikipedia.

[Marty Nemko]

Named the San Francisco Bay Area's "Best Career Coach," Marty Nemko has been career and personal coach to 4,500 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate. The author of seven books (250,000 copies sold) including How to Do Life: What They Didn’t Teach You in School plus over 2,000(!) published articles, including on where he also writes, Marty Nemko is in his 26th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco.) He was the one man in a one-man PBS-TV Pledge Drive Special. Marty Nemko holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently taught there. He is married to Barbara Nemko, the Napa County Superintendent of Schools. They have one daughter and one doggie: Einstein, whose name is false advertising: He's dumb as dirt but sweet as they come. The archive of Marty Nemko's writings and radio show plus an active blog and Twitter stream are at

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