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How Do I know if This is the One?

How Do I know if This is the One?

Saying yes with clarity.


Dear Aleeza,

I am dating someone seriously and we are meeting each other's parents soon. I’m mostly sure this is the right person. But how do I know for sure if this is the one?

Almost There

Dear Almost There,

Great question! You’re in good company because many of us have asked this question, including myself. Here are 8 important questions to ask yourself.

1. Do I want to spend the good times and challenging times with this person? Think about some challenging times and ask yourself: Is this the person who I want to stand at my side in a crisis?

2. Can I listen to the criticism that this person gives and see it as a tool to refine myself and not as a personal attack? Your spouse will reflect both your good side and your other side. Getting feedback that you need to change is hard to take from anyone. Does the person you’re with have the ability to help you refine your character? Can this person help you grow in the areas you are weak?

3. When I think of this person, does the thought make me smile? It should! If not, then there may be too much tension or stress in your relationship. Relationships naturally get more complicated and challenging over time as a couple grows closer. If you can’t smile when thinking about your potential spouse, wait to see if that develops. Every relationship needs some sweetness. Smiling when you think about them is a good sign that this person has the potential to make you happy.

4. Do I want to grow to be more similar to this person? Have you ever seen those couples who have been together for so many years that they start to act alike? They have similar gestures, similar ways of speaking and thinking. In marriage, you become more like your spouse. (Don’t worry, they become more like you too!) So the question is: Do I want to grow to be more similar to the person I’m thinking of marrying?

5. Do I like some physical aspect of the person I’m dating? Of course who the person is on the inside is critically important—we all know that. However, you aren’t shallow for thinking the outside is important too. We are human, and as a part of our human experience we need to embrace the physical side of ourselves. Could you look at this face for the rest of your life? Could you stare into those eyes and listen to that voice? Do you find the person basically attractive?

6. Is s/he liked by family and friends? Or, on a deeper level, do others value the person you’re dating? This is an important question, because I want to confirm that you aren’t the only one who sees the value in this person. If both you and others see this person’s value, the likelihood that you met a good person who would make a good mate is much stronger.

7. Do we have similar life visions for 5 to 10 years down the line? The first part of this question assumes that you are clear on your own life vision. The second part assumes you two have spoken about both of your visions and have envisioned your life together. Both of these aspects should be addressed in order to get a full picture.

8. Do we have more similarities than differences with both big and small issues? Make sure to talk about the big things and the little things. Some couples focus too much on one or the other. Having more similarities than differences is very important. Opposites may attract, but when it comes to marriage we’re looking for stability. Marriage is challenging enough. The more you have in common the less likely you are to have conflict.

If you still lack clarity, spend more time together. Don’t pressure yourself to move ahead if you need more time to get to know someone. Take the right amount of time so that when you are standing under the chuppah you can smile, knowing you are marrying the right one.

May you recognize your other half with ease, and may it happen speedily.


May 24, 2015

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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) lauren inker, June 26, 2015 3:40 PM

trust yourself

all of the above questions are good ones, but you need to have confidence in your own judgment. the voice of G-d, your gut, whatever you call it. slow down for a minute and listen.

(5) Bobby5000, June 6, 2015 1:15 AM

Don't count on criticism.

The author wrote, "Can I listen to the criticism that this person gives and see it as a tool to refine myself and not as a personal attack? I think a person getting married should work on accepting the person you marry.

Not too many woman after they marry, have 2 kids, put on some weight, value suggestions from their husbands about weight and diet. Not too many men say, Jack I envy you, I have a pretty, vivacious wife who seems to adore me, sadly I don't get the wonderful benefits of comments and criticism of a wife with a vastly superior intellect.

Many men look for the supportive wife who loves him no matter what.

(4) Anonymous, June 5, 2015 8:29 AM

I liked this article

(3) Yehoshua, June 4, 2015 5:06 AM

Good tips

Good tips to use going forward in my dating life

(2) Devora S., June 2, 2015 3:43 AM

great article on an important question

i still remember going on my very first date, the day of the date I asked, "but how will I know it's him?" she said, "don't even think of that question for at least a month" perplexed I asked the question again, to which she gave the same response, this went on until finally I started laughing... "no, how will i recognize him?! what does he look like?" she thought I was asking the more significant question :)... ps. I didn't marry him, but I still get a laugh when I think of that conversation.

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