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Review: Matchmaker Secrets, The Six Predictors of Dating Success
“OK, I’m single (or single again). What do I do now?” Or: “ I’ve been dating for a while but no success. What am I doing wrong? “
Professional matchmakers Elizabeth Cobey-Piper and Susie Hardesty co-author a very informative book Matchmaker Secrets, The Six Predictors of Dating that address these dating questions and others. The book reflects their combined 30 years of working with singles navigating in the current dating scene.
The book describes 6 core strategies or approaches the authors call “predictors” of achieving dating success. They identify these predictors from their observation of clients in the real dating world. Each section of the book explains the predictor and describes examples based on case studies of actual clients (names changed of course), and what behaviors reinforced the value of each predictor and what behaviors worked negatively.
So the reader can get a clear sense of how each predictor works and also interrelates to the other predictors.
One section I particularly enjoyed described the trait of emotional balance as a predictor. The authors are candid with the comment: “Dating is one of the few areas of our lives where we fail over and over again and still continue to try.” I suspect anyone who has been in the dating game couldn’t argue with that! But success “is dependent on our ability to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and go at it again.” The authors provide a very helpful section on how to keep a sense of perspective on dating anxiety. For example, they suggest doing your best to “make every date a positive experience for both of you” Even though your date may not be the dreamboat you hoped for, “ see it as a chance to learn something new about yourself, the other person or the world around you”. What a great thought. Think about the other person too.
The case studies in the book show clients who were successful in the dating experience but also clients who did not find success. So the reader can understand what behaviors or actions worked against the person.
The book does not specifically cover the senior or aging boomer who may be entering the dating scene after many years following death of a spouse or divorce. The challenges of dating in later years may be complicated by the attitudes of adult children who may or may not want to see the parent dating again. But I suspect the predictors in the book are equally applicable to any age in the dating world. There is a good section on online dating which seniors will find useful.
The book does not specify tips to employ on first dates as what to wear, what courtesies to observe, what not to talk about on first dates, etc. but these items may be covered in a follow up edition.
I found this book an excellent resource of dating strategies that I have not seen or read anywhere else. So, if you are single and entering the dating scene, or frustrated by past dating experiences, you will find this a valuable book to read and study.
(Disclosure: Writer is a client of Dating Directions.com )