It is important to stress, however, that not all patterns of friendships in someone’s life should be replicated in a marriage.
In fact, there are many who struggle mightily in their adolescent and post-adolescent friendships.
On its face, the system appears to be very efficient and effective.
Multiple levels of checking are completed before the couple even meets.
Intellectual compatibility is another area that is often discussed.
Those who are dating should be encouraged to seek out a mentor who understands these dynamics.
Another extremely important area of exploration that is often insufficiently addressed is character.
For those in a community in which non-marriage relationships with the opposite gender are not common, this might seem particularly challenging.
However, emotional compatibility is not limited to the marriage relationship; it is encountered through the many relationships one has as a child, teenager and young adult.