The Process for Finding Mr. Perfect for Me

November 30, 2012

in Relationships

PerfectionPerfection.

I have written my thoughts about this being a dirty word for me. This perfection-seeking tendency is something I will wrestle with quietly my whole life. When I slip into the perfection mode, it leads to trumped-up expectations and inevitable disappointment. Seeking this out in any area of life, including the search for a partner, is futile and frustrating. This is why I keep a realistic list of what I am looking for in a man, and have a system to update it as necessary.

Following each breakup, I hold lessons-learned sessions with myself. I check the Mr. Perfect-for-me list, tweaking any items necessary–both items that might be deemed unrealistic, and adding items I discovered were essential for me. I then analyze when, why, and how the relationship began to fall apart. After that mental exercise, it’s back to re-working the list. Once my heart has healed, with the updated list in mind, it’s back to the dating pool for me.

The list and process post-breakup might sound overly analytical, but the idea of dating without knowing what is desired and needed from a partner, and being mindful to keep superfluous items off the list, can lead to a disastrous situation. While keeping my unrealistic perfection-seeking tendencies in check with this approach, it has aided me in not looking for Mr. Perfect, but to simply seek out Mr. Perfect-for-Me.

What does your Mr. (or Ms.) Perfect-for-You look like?


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Hey Monkey Butt November 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Seeking Mr/Mrs Perfect for me, makes better sense than seeking out Mr/Mrs Perfect! :)
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

Agreed!

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Lonesome Jackalope November 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Seems sound enough darlin.

“What does your Mr. (or Ms.) Perfect-for-You look like?”

She’s kind and likes good booze. Bout sums it up, I think.

~ Jack
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

Kind and likes good booze: I don’t think that’s too much to ask for in a partner. Thanks for sharing, Jack!

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Brook L. Dame December 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

We really are sisters from another mister. Back in the days when I wasn’t too exhausted to date (I know…I know…) I’d enter information in a colour-coded spreadsheet to see, in all of it’s non-glory, if I made the mistake of dating the same man but in a different suit. I learned my lesson in most cases; I saw my habits and patterns, and ended up with a list of ‘must-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’. Still (not) looking…but keeping my eyes open. Just in case, ya know? :-)
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 3, 2012 at 7:41 am

A color-coded spreadsheet–I love it! We really are alike.

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Stacey December 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

My approach to dating was similar to my approach to hiring – I know it when I see it. So far I seem to have good instincts.
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Naked Girl in a Dress December 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

After all my list making and analysis, I got to a place where I could spot someone right for me right away, too.

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