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PerfectMatch emphasizes personality and values matching above all: what’s inside is what counts. Matching is based on a proprietary system called the Duet Analysis, developed by Dr. Pepper Schwartz. This online dating website provides a novel approach with its multiple-choice ice breakers and relationship analysis system.
It takes about half an hour to complete the personality inventory test along with standard physical information and open-ended questions. The Duet results are grouped into four categories of opposite pairs, very similar to the Myers-Briggs personality inventory:
1. Romantic Impulsivity: Risk Taker/Risk Averse
2. Personal Energy: Relaxed/High Energy
3. Outlook: Optimistic/Cautious
4. Predictability: Variety/Seeks Predictability
The results offer a detailed analysis of each of those factors, and the system goes on to measure complementary factors, core values and more. You can take the test as many times as you like and send the results to friends.
You can further develop your profile by answering open-ended questions, and the Life & Lovestyle section will help you share information about hobbies, pets and other personal information.
Your personality test results will be used extensively as you search for a date. With the unique Compatibility Search feature you may search by the similarity factors (Risk Taker, High Energy, Optimistic and Seeks Predictability) or by the complementary factors (Flexibility, Decision Making Style, Emotionality and Self-Nurturing.) PerfectMatch offers excellent search advice to help you consider matches outside your normal type. It also offers the more common searches by age and zip code and by keyword.
The dating service includes informative pie charts to help you assess your matches. You’ll learn how many people have the same personality type and which types would complement yours. This information can inform your searches.
There are a few ways to communicate on PerfectMatch. You may send an Icebreaker, which is a collection of multiple-choice questions for someone who interests you, or you may send an email. Icebreaker questions vary from conversation openers like “What type of movies do you enjoy?” and “Where’s your dream vacation?” to conversation stoppers like views on housework, childcare and cheating. The email window includes both a character count and a spell-checker, a feature many other online dating sites do not offer.
This is not the best-known dating site so the potential dating pool is not as large as with some competitors. Also, navigating the site takes more time than some of the other online dating services, but it will be worth the time in many cases. PerfectMatch is a great personality inventory tool. You will learn a lot about yourself and your potential mates before you meet in person. That can represent a time savings in the end because you only meet people with real potential.