eHarmony: 29 Dimensions of Compatibility

eHarmony: 29 Dimensions of Compatibility
Emotional Temperament
How do you feel about yourself and about the world? While specific day-to-day and moment-to-moment events play a major role in our
emotions, deep-seated patterns of emotion are also a fundamental part of who you are and how people perceive you. The following
members of the 29 Dimensions are considered as part of your Emotional Temperament:
Self Concept
Self Concept refers to how you perceive yourself. Do I believe strongly and implicitly that I am a good and worthwhile person,
or do I have a strong need to be supported and bolstered in this belief by other people in my life? It is important that your selfconcept be accurate, positive and strong in order for you to be most successful in your relationships with other people.
A strong self-concept is both accurate and positive. An accurate self-concept is one that is consistent with the way that other
(healthy) people see you. A positive self-concept is based on a core belief in your own value and worth. Minor failures and
difficulties can have huge emotional repercussions for people who lack a strong self-concept. One of the benefits of a strong
self-concept is the capacity to control the various parts of your emotional world in a way that provides consistency and balance
to your life.
Emotional Status
There are certain factors, which almost guarantee that any marriage is going to have a very low probability of success. For
instance, if a person has an addiction of any kind, or has a serious emotional condition which chronically disrupts their life, or a
tendency to be unreliable. These should be recognized as serious red flags. More than one of these red flags should definitely
signal a need to slow down in any search for a life partner, and even one red flag should encourage a delay in getting married
until the condition can be remedied.
Having a solid emotional composition is the essence of the Emotional Status dimension. Feeling happy, fulfilled and hopeful
are crucial elements of this dimension. Conversely, being depressed, anxious and fearful about the future are aspects that are
negatively associated with this dimension. If someone has an extremely low score on this dimension, it is unlikely they have
the emotional reserves to currently engage in a healthy intimate relationship.
Emotional Energy
Emotional energy relates to how energetic your emotional temperament is. Key indicators of emotional energy are how
spontaneous, vivacious, outgoing and adventurous you feel on a regular basis. Although all of us have our ups and downs,
people with a lot of emotional energy rarely need to "recharge" and are almost always happiest when they are actively doing
Obstreperousness refers to a person's tendency to find fault, to attribute blame to someone else, to make other persons
wrong, and to portray them self as always right. The obstreperous person is someone who has a consistently critical attitude.
The more pessimistic a person is, the more likely they are to be obstreperous.
Passion: Romantic
Your level of Romantic Passion reflects the degree to which the romantic and emotional aspects of a relationship are an
important part of your emotional temperament. The desires to share and experience warmth, affection and a sensual
connection with a partner are all important aspects of your level of Romantic Passion
Social Style
How do you relate to other people? Do you crave company, or prefer to be alone? Are you more comfortable leading, or do you prefer
to go along with the group? Basic feelings such as these comprise an important aspect of who you are, and whom you will be most
compatible with. The elements of the 29 Dimensions which define your Social Style are:
The Character dimension relates primarily to issues of integrity. How honest are you? How fair are you? How committed are
you to being honest and fair at all times, and at all costs? A person has a strong character if they relentlessly tell the truth,
refuse to take advantage of another person in any situation, and use their best judgment even under the most intense
Anyone can do the "right thing" when the going is easy and challenges are few and far between. Character ultimately relates to
how you behave when life gets difficult. When the going gets tough, people with high character are the ones you really want by
your side!
People who have a high score on the Character dimension are experienced by others as consistently genuine and trustworthy.
They can be relied upon to act according to their best judgment. Furthermore, people with high Character scores are
consistently more likely to be a good partner in a successful relationship.
The dimension of Kindness relates to that capacity of an individual to treat other people with consistent sensitivity and
empathy. Almost everybody on earth is looking for friends and partners who are high on the dimension of kindness. There is a
lack of self-centeredness when kindness is present. Kindness is the very opposite of selfishness.
Expressing support and concern for your partner, and expecting your partner to do the same, is the underlying characteristic of
this dimension. The ability to express kindness through all types of situations is measured by this dimension.
A person who is consistently dominant needs to be in control. A person who is consistently submissive needs to be controlled.
Neither of these qualities is necessarily good or bad. But in any relationship there needs to be a general agreement about who
will be dominant and who will be submissive. Relationships work best when both people can be dominant at different times and
submissive at other times.
This dimension evaluates if you have a tendency to be more comfortable as a leader or as a follower. Those who are dominant
tend to be somewhat aggressive and outspoken while those who are more submissive prefer to defer to someone else.
Some people are extremely eager to be involved with other people in a social context. Others find social involvement anxiety
provoking and painful. If a person is high on sociability, they are usually seen to be eager for social engagement. Shy persons
typically are seen as low on sociability, but there needs to be a careful assessment of shy people for any differences between
interest and ability.
The degree of enjoyment you take in actively engaging in social situations reflects the basic element of this dimension. Hosting
parties, mingling at social functions and making new friends all contribute to this dimension.
The Autonomy dimension represents the degree to which you desire to maximize your time spent with a partner, versus your
desire to pursue independent activities and interests. Although a high desire for closeness can be confused with low Self
Concept in some situations, the truth is that your desire for autonomy or closeness is an important and separate aspect of your
Emotional Temperament which it is important to consider when looking for your ideal mate.
Adaptability is a personal characteristic which allows an individual to change their way of being in order to better relate to
another person or persons. If an individual can maintain their authenticity, the ideal is for their adaptability to be at a maximum
level. This ability to adapt makes all other relationships more likely to be meaningful.
Being able to make compromises and to adjust to changing circumstances defines this dimension. Being able to consistently
consider your partner's needs is also a positive aspect of Adaptability.
Cognitive Mode
How do you think about the world around you? Are you motivated by an insatiable curiosity about the world and events around you?
Are you constantly looking for intellectual challenges? Do you find humor to be your favorite coping strategy when dealing with the
world? Although Feelings and Social Style can impact on this trait, your Cognitive Mode is an important separate aspect of who you
are, and defines a lot of the ways in which you interact with people. The elements of the 29 Dimensions which define your dominant
Cognitive Mode are:
How interested are you in learning about and understanding the world around you? Do you prefer seeing the "big picture?" Or
are you someone who likes to know all the details? How do you approach solving problems in your day-to-day life? Do you like
to know all the facts before you make a decision? Or are you more comfortable following your intuition? These are some of the
many aspects that combine to form the intellectual component of your Cognitive Style.
Perhaps the most important component of your cognitive style is your level of curiosity about the world. If a person has an
intense need for stimulation, along with a personal strategy to pursue additional information through inquisitiveness, they are
thought to be high on the curiosity dimension. If a person is easily satisfied with relatively limited information about anything,
they are low in curiosity.
Warren, N. C. (n.d.). 29 dimensions of compatibility. Retrieved Oct. 12, 2005, from
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Everyone thinks that they have a "good sense of humor." But how strongly does your sense of humor affect your cognitive
style? Are you constantly finding humor in the situations around you? Do your friends count on you to make them smile or
laugh when you join a conversation? Is humor something you enjoy, or a major component of your personality? These
elements define the dimension of humor, and comprise an important component of your cognitive style.
Artistic Passion
Some people are, right to the center of themselves, artistically inclined. This is for them a primary personal trait. Sometimes,
these persons are skillful as artists. They may play an instrument, write music or poetry, paint, sculpt, or sing. Other people
cannot perform, but they have a strong interest in observing, listening, reading, and feeling.
Your drive for creativity and artistic expression define your level of Artistic Passion. The enjoyment of art and culture is an
essential part of life for individuals who score highly on this dimension. This dimension also incorporates the desire to have
creative outlets such as music and writing. How you view the importance of art and culture is an important aspect of your
cognitive style.
How do you relate physically with the world? How do you relate physically with yourself? Are you energetic, athletic and constantly in
motion? Or are you more comfortable and happy walking than running? Feelings and thoughts which revolve around your physical life
form an important aspect of whom you are. The components of the 29 Dimensions which deal with your Physicality include:
Physical Energy
A person has both an ordinary energy capacity and a peak energy capacity. The Physical Energy dimension refers to the
amount of physical energy you characteristically have across the scope of your day-to-day life. The amount of enjoyment you
take in pursuing physically challenging activities, whether you prefer physically active or physically passive forms of recreation,
your feelings and level of physical activity are all strongly reflected in this dimension.
Passion: Sexual
Sexual passion refers to the amount of interest and enjoyment a person associates with the physical act of making love. While
many important contextual factors strongly affect the feelings people associate with sex (such as when and why people have
sex), your basic attitudes and feelings regarding sexual passion are an important part of your core trait of physicality.
Vitality and Security
Vitality refers to a person's attitude towards their general state of physical health. Security refers to a person's ability and
desire to both earn a living and provide a safe and secure environment in which to raise a family.
A person who most enjoys being "lazy" and relaxing is low on Industry, while someone who needs to be on the go constantly
and doing something is high on Industry. Efficiency, productivity and a drive to constantly improve one's self and surroundings
are characteristics of this dimension. Persistence in achieving goals and taking great pleasure in doing high quality work also
distinguished people with high scores on Industry.
The core element assessed by this dimension is the extent to which you consider yourself to be a physically attractive person.
This includes ratings of physical attributes such as fitness, weight, and athleticism. While this can be thought of as part of your
"physical temperament," how you feel about your appearance also speaks to your emotional temperament.
Relationship Skills
The amount of effort and skill that you devote to making a relationship work are key elements of whom you are, and what type of
person you are most likely to succeed with in a relationship. The key attributes that we measure as part of your Relationship Skills are:
Communication Style
This dimension relates to both interest in communicating and ability to communicate. It summarizes the important matter of
how much and how well a person is able to verbalize his or her thoughts and feelings, ask questions of another person, and
determine similarities and differences between them.
Emotion Management: Anger
This dimension measures your ability to deal with anger in a manner that is not at the expense of someone else. Being able to
express both positive and negative emotions in an honest and constructive manner is an important part of this dimension.
Taking anger out on other people, becoming easily upset and blaming others when things go wrong are all examples of poor
anger management skills.
Warren, N. C. (n.d.). 29 dimensions of compatibility. Retrieved Oct. 12, 2005, from
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Emotion Management: Mood
Every person has some variation of moods. And every person has some degree of control over their moods. When they
manage their moods so that their emotional state remains within reasonable limits, they are thought to be good mood
managers. However, when their moods vary considerably, or even severely, they score much lower on the dimension of mood
Conflict Resolution
This dimension measures how you prefer to resolve conflicts. Being able to understand another's point of view, being
respectful of other people during conflicts and dropping an issue once it is resolved all contribute to a strong score on this
Values and Beliefs
Values and Beliefs are at the center of most of our life experiences. How we feel about spirituality, religion, family and even politics for
an enormous part of how we think about the world, and who we are going to be most comfortable sharing our lives with. The following
key values and beliefs are included in the 29 Dimensions and form part of your compatibility profile:
The spirituality dimension measures the amount of importance you place in your spiritual expressions and beliefs. The spiritual
realm has to do with phenomena that involve matters above and beyond physical explanations. For some people spirituality is
expressed in religion and religious beliefs. For other people, spirituality is expressed in more personalized and individual ways.
Family Goals
The Family Goal dimension is defined by your interest in parenting. The desire to have children and dedicate a significant part
of your life to the rearing of children is the crucial component of this dimension.
Society has developed some traditional ways of dealing with most common situations. In simplest terms, this can be thought of
as the "road most traveled." This dimension is heavily related to the importance placed on morality, personal values, church
involvement and religious beliefs.
Ambition indicates how important it is for you to be recognized as personally successful. This dimension reflects how much
emphasis you place on succeeding in your career and in your financial life. It also measures how important it is for you to find
and take on new challenges.
How strongly do you desire to live your life according to your values? While all of us have values and beliefs that we apply to
situations in a reactive manner, the Altruism dimension speaks to how proactive you are in applying what you think is right and
putting back into the community in which you live. Having strong values, helping those who are less fortunate, performing
volunteer work and participating in community service are all positive aspects of this dimension.
Key Experiences
All of your life experiences combine to affect who you are and how you relate to the world. Although many of the effects of these
experiences are represented by the other Core Traits and Learned Attributes, the following components of the 29 Dimensions are
considered separately as part of your Key Experiences in your compatibility profile:
Family Background
Did your family history prepare you for being able to form a long lasting and healthy relationship? This dimension measures the
quality of your family history based on positive feelings such as supportiveness and negative feelings such as over-involvement
and conflict. How you perceive your family when you were growing up and how you relate to your family now are both part of
this assessment.
Family Status
Family status is your current family situation (i.e., do you have children from a previous relationship or marriage, do they live
with you full time/part time/not at all, are they under the age of 18, etc.).
The dimension of Education is based upon your level of educational achievement and the degree of importance that you attach
to educational achievements.
Warren, N. C. (n.d.). 29 dimensions of compatibility. Retrieved Oct. 12, 2005, from
What are the 29 Dimensions? Web site:;jsessionid=F66A9A65281FAC8F082CB34D350B96B1.09-1.