How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk: The Foolproof Way to Follow Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind

Here’s the acronym MARRIAGE, using it to help identify the characteristics of a trustworthy partner:

Mature—evidenced by the ability to delay gratification and put someone else’s interest before one’s own.
Adaptable—flexibility with changes.

Responsible—indicated by a track record of following through
Relational—a need for companionship, interaction, and interpersonal activities.
Insightful—an ability and openness to see and understand oneself from other perspectives.
Assertive—a determination to appropriately express what is in one’s mind.
Giving—an enjoyment with making another happy.
Emotionally stable—normal ranges of emotion (i.e., few to no extreme moods or mood shifts) and a receptivity to the emotions of others.

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