A personality dimensional approach to relationship selection


The selection of a successful, significant, adult, primary relationship (i.e. an intimate relationship with suitable emotional, physical, and psychological aspects) is extremely difficult to achieve (e.g. due to lengthening life-spans) within modern society.  Still, a systematic focus upon the most discriminating and the most predictive, personality dimensions has demonstrated a greater probability for relationship success.[1]

Thus, relationship selection can be viewed as more objective as well as more successful when determined by certain personality dimensions rather than by more traditional and more subjective methods.[2]

The personality dimensional approach to relationship selection is based upon Relationship theory.[1][2][3][4]

(Relationship theory is both a method for structurally perceiving the psychological functioning of ourselves and others as well as a critical delineation of predictive, personality dimensions for relationship selection; and,

A personality dimension [of one or a set of abilities or skills] is a relatively permanent state of being which may be genetic and/or learned in its origin.)

In essence, the approach matches adult (who must be at least 25 years-old) "examinees" along sixteen dimensions of personality:  I. Trust Ability; II. Neurological Ability; III.Age; IV. Intellectual Ability; V. Control Ability; VI. Need-State Ability; VII. Communicative Ability; VIII. Courageous Ability; IX. Motivational Ability; X. Attitudinal Ability; XI. Perceptive Ability; XII. Thinking Ability; XIII. Energy Ability; XIV. Socio-economic Status; XV. Physical Attractiveness; and, XVI. Creative Ability.[4]

These sixteen personality dimensions are assessed through a "face-to-face" interview (Interview Evaluation or IE) with a qualified "examiner" as well as through diagnostic testing (i.e. the Pictorial Personality Dimensions Scales or PPDS).[5]

After the IE, the PPDS, and the "feedback" session are completed, the "examinee" will be sent a written report with specific, Matching Outcome Recommendations (MORs).

In summary, then, the assessment experience consists of four distinct phases:  (1)  The experience and the completion of the IE (one hour); (2) The experience and the completion of the PPDS (one hour); (3) The experience and the completion of a "face-to-face", examiner's "feedback" session (one hour); and, (4) The composition and the faxing of the Examinee Assessment Report (EAR) with specific MORs within seven business days (two hours). 

In total, then, the assessment experience encompasses a period of five hours of evaluation activity.

In certain circumstances, a clarification session may be offered at the request of the "examinee."  And, if the judgment of his or her "examiner" is isomorphic, then an additional session will be scheduled for the requesting "examinee."[6]


Relationship Selection Can Be More Objective