THE CLUES OF LOVE
Warnings about these clues:
- The order is not important.
- No clue can stand-alone. All of them are important. Failing
one or more does not mean you have to break up with your
partner right away. It just means that you two are not ready
for marriage and need more time to work them out.
- One-sided loves won't work.
CLUE 1. What is the major attraction?
Infatuation: your main interest is likely to be the person's
physical equipment. The main stress is on things you can
perceive right away - what you can see, hear, smell, taste, or
touch. A marriage based only on sex attraction will last no
more than three to five years.
Real Love: your interest is in his or her total personality.
Before marriage, ask yourself:
"What's she going to look like
in 30 years?" It is a sign of real love if the answer is,
"She will still look beautiful because of her wonderful
CLUE 2. How many factors attract?
Infatuation: the number of factors that attract you are
relatively few. Just the smile? Just the pretty face? Just
the lovely hair? Just the funny jokes?
Real Love: many or most qualities of the person - and the
relationship - attract you. You like not only the way the
person looks and talks, but the way he or she thinks and feels
about things and other people.
CLUE 3. How well do you know each other?
Ask yourself two important questions:
- How many of the countless characteristics of this person
do I know enough about?
- How many of those things do I find attractive?
Do you like the person's reactions :
To personal success?
To tough challenges?
To faults in his or her self,and in you or others?
What about use of leisure time?
And what about thoughtfulness, kindness, courage, temper, and temperament?
Does the person have healthy and balanced attitudes toward money, sex, family, and friends?
Toward the past and the future?
What about bad habits?
It takes time and effort to know a person extremely well.
Only then can you judge your reaction to the many, many facets
of that person's nature. If many or most of those factors
attract you, this tends to indicate real love. When the
excitement and romance wear off in a marriage, you need lots
of other interests in common to hold you together over the
long pull. You need to like each other as well as love each
It does not matter much that you like the same kind of pizzas
and movies. It is matters very much whether you agree on life-
style and whether you want to have children, makes lots of
money, or have two separate careers.
CLUE 4. Your life issues Similarities:
What about opposites? Are they really attracted to each other? Yes and no. In many ways we want a mirror image of ourselves. Physically attractive people, for example, are usually drawn to a partner who's equally attractive.
In addition, most of us grow up with people of similar social circumstances. We hang around with people in the same town; our friends have about the same educational backgrounds and career goals. We tend to be most comfortable with these people, and therefore we tend to link up with others whose families are often much like our own.
But it the same time where people of different social backgrounds end up getting married and being extremely happy.A talker is attracted to someone who likes to listen and you will see a dominant person to have a submissive mate.
The more you two agree on these issues, the better your
chances for success in marriage:
How similar are you as to: Social Class? Racial,
national, and ethnic roots? City vs. country backgrounds?
What is very important to you: Religion? Money?
Social position and acceptance? Prestige? Sex before/after
marriage? Who decides?
Do you like them? Do you Want them? When you want to have them? How many? What
about birth control? If so, what kind? Who is responsible for it?
>How much is enough? Who will make it? Save it? For
what? Spend it? On what? Who'll budget, pay bills, do the
shopping? (More married couples fight about money than any
Who'll make decisions? Will both work? Will you
share home chores? If babies come, will the wife work outside
WHERE AND HOW TO LIVE:
Region? Rural or urban? Fancy or
Hobbies? Vocation plans? Education?
Recreation likes and dislikes?
CONCEPTS OF MARRIAGE:
Permanent? Trust and fidelity?
MAJOR GOALS AND HOPES FOR THE FUTURE:
What do you want out of
life? How will you get there from here? Who can help?
Can the two of you work out
differences? Can you talk over problems with honesty? Can
you solve disputes without hurting each other? Do either of
you get mad or get grumpy when things don't go your way? Do
you feel free to share your true feelings, or do you hold back
out of fear or lack of trust and confidence? You'd best find
out before you marry.
CLUE 5. How did it start?
Tends to start fast. There is no such thing as
love at first sight. A human personality is much too complex
to permit that kind of instant insight. Your senses show you
only the superficial, the shallow shell. Real love requires
that you know and like the other person's whole self, and it
Starts slowly. But the quality
of the time spent with each other is as important as the
quantity. Understand that people can be great actors. We all
tend to play games with one another, to appear to be what we
are not. A couple might date for a long period, yet have only
a shallow knowledge of each other. You need to find out what
the person is like way down deep inside, beneath the display-
CLUE 6. How consistent is your level of interest?
A couple's interest in each other fluctuates a
lot. One day you feel sure this is the right person for
marriage. Then you develop doubts and wonder if the two of
you should date others for a while, to test your feelings
more. The reason is you are attracted to only a few things
about the other person - probably physical and surface traits.
Your interest in each other grew rather fast. The roots of
such a relationship are too thin to nourish it for long. Sex
may also be the reason for lack of consistent interest. If a
couple becomes involved in pleasurable sex behavior, their
interest in each other may vary accordingly to the strength of
their sex urge at any given time.
The relationship tends to even out and interest in
each other is consistent. If you don't reach the peaks of
excitement so prevalent in infatuation, neither do you plunge
to the depths. As time goes on, you come to count on your
love. You know it will be there when you need it. That is
not to say that in real love there is no problems to solve,
especially in the early stages of your courtship. Problems of
adjustment cannot be avoided. But the longer you know each
other, the easier it is to cope when you have real love. The
best way to predict the future is to study closely the
evidence from the past and the experience of the present. If
you had a good relationship all last week, and the week before
that, and the month before that, then you are more likely to
have it next week, next month, and the year after that.
CLUE 7. How does it affect your personality?
Causes a disorganizing and destructive effect on
your personality. Infatuation makes you less effective, less
efficient, less your real self. Infatuation is irresponsible
and fails to consider the future consequences of today's
actions. In such a condition, you might well lose your head
and do things you wouldn't otherwise think of doing. You may
even foul up your whole life.
One-sided love or infatuation and the PRINCIPLE OF LEAST
In a one-sided romance, the partner who has the
least interest in continuing the affair is able to control the
other person. That's because the one who is more involved has
more at stake. No one should use another human being for
selfish purposes, but people often do. E.g. a women who
doesn't care much for a men may keep him just to build up her
ego to have someone care so much for her. Or for a
convenience that she can always count on him for a date if
nobody else asks her . She knows he'll put up with shabby
treatment because he's so emotionally involved. As well men
may demand more sexual favors than his girlfriend wants to
Has an organizing and a constructive effect on your
personality. It brings out the best in you. There is an
intense and satisfying feeling of greater self-realization and
expression, as well as a feeling of having one's own
personality reinforced and strengthened and enriched. Love
gives you new energy and ambition, and more interest in life.
It is creative, brings an eagerness to grow, to improve, to
work for worthy purposes and ideals. Love is associated with
feelings of self-confidence, trust and security. Love lifted
you to new levels of maturity and responsible action. When
you love a person you make an effort to be more deserving of
the beloved. You want your beloved to be proud of you, so you
try harder. Life has more purpose. You make plans and save
for the future. Life takes on new meaning, more sparkle.
CLUE 8. How and when does it end?
What if you have loved and lost?
You may have had a real love
relationship that did not result in marriage. Perhaps one or
both of you did not recognize at the time that it was real
love. Or some tragedy may have robbed you of your beloved.
In spite of the pain of loss, you still are likely to be a
better person for having had love. You can better understand
yourself and be better prepared for finding success in your
future relationships. You will be more mature. You grew
through your love experience, and that growth will not all
wither away. Whatever happened, real love will have an
organizing and constructive effect on your personality.
It stops the same way it starts - fast. The few
things you do like about the other person - even those
strongly held at first - begin to wear thin. All those other
things you don't have in common begin more and more to rear
their ugly heads. You begin to quarrels, conflicts, even
fights, and then doubts about your "love." Soon you break up,
UNLESS you and your partner become involved in mutually
satisfying sexual relations. Then sex will frustrate the
usual test of time. A good sexual relationship may hold a
couple together as long as three to five years. But that's
about it. Sex alone will not keep a couple together longer
It stops slowly. It will take long time to end a
relationship and it will take long time to get over it. Love
involves meshing many, many facets of two personalities. You
grow together and become a unit. The person becomes a basic
part of you, of your own personality. If a break comes, you
are just not going to be the same. In fact, you may never
quite get over it for as long as you live. That does not mean
that you cannot love again. Social scientists are certain
that there are a number of persons in this world with whom
each of us normally can have a genuine, deep-seated love that
CLUE 9. How do you see each other?
You live in a two-persons world. You two tend to
neglect your family and pay little or no attention to your
other friends.You lose interest in
things that used to excite you. It becomes not only the most
important thing in your world, but the only thing that really
matters to you. Your relationship tends to be exclusive.
Your other friends feel left out, neglected, or ignored.
Since this "romantic love" (infatuation) is of such central
concern to you, nothing must be allowed to stand in its way.
You think you are justified in giving up anything in favor of
this amazing event that has happened so unexpectedly.
Infatuation is a vaccine that immunizes you against seeing
anything wrong with the other person. You tend to idealized
your partner. No one can tell you anything wrong about the
object of your affections. At best, you won't believe it. At
worst, you may turn against the accuser in anger and
rejection. If you are infatuated, you defend the other person
against all critics. You just will not admit that he or she
has any faults. You idealize not only each other, but also
your situation. You two may have gross problems and obstacles
to cope with - different religions, hopes, values, family, and
cultural backgrounds. Danger signals by the dozen! Yet you
are not concerned. You don't even feel the need to think
about these enormous hazards before marriage. You think that
somehow it all just has to come out OK.
What makes us idealize so much?
For one thing, we tend to be
on our best behavior while courting. We show only our best
side. Another reason is the ""halo effect," or the tendency
to judge the whole personality largely in terms of one or two
highly admired qualities. One great trait or two can fool us
into thinking that the whole person is great as well. And sex
gets into the act, too. One study showed that male subjects
who were sexually aroused rated the pictures of the same females
to be much more attractive than did the same males when they
were not aroused. So in infatuation, you'll tend to see what
you want to see in the other person, rather than what is
really there. LOVE IS NOT BLIND, INFATUATION IS.
IF IT'S LOVE, YOU ADMIT THEIR FAULTS BUT LOVE THE PERSON IN
SPITE OF THEM. You see the person's real merits and build on
that. A mutual process is set in motion. Your love leads you
to appreciate the best in the other. In turn, as the other
person learns of your love, it brings out the best in her or
him. You are frank to admit that the other person is not
perfect. But you see so much to be admired and respected that
you can live with those faults.
As with infatuation, in real love the beloved may
well be the most important person in the world to you. But
there's the big difference. In real love, you expand your
world to include the beloved. If you really love each other,
you don't abandon or neglect your other relationships.
Instead, you just add this wonderful new relationship to all
the others you have. It becomes a plus, not a replacement.
You still maintain good ties with your family, your friends. You retain your interest in your work or
studies - assuming that you had such an interest in the first
place. Things that you liked to do before, you still like to
do. Your world grows larger, not narrower.
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