Rate Your Mate Scale

Posted by Anthony Mango Sunday, October 5, 2008

Many people have asked me "how do you know whether or not someone is good for you?" Well, I believe I have a mathematical rating system that can tell you whether or not the person you're interested in is really as cracked up as they seem at face value. Granted, for this to work, you can't be the type of person that lies to themselves. If you're just going to give the person a perfect score because you THINK you should like them, don't waste your time. This is for someone who is willing to look at things objectively and truly criticize and pinpoint for the greater good. Without further ado, here is the formula:

There are four groups of four different categories. For each of these categories, you must rate a person on a scale from 0-5 (0=non-existent, 1=negative, 2=somewhat negative, 3=moderately, 4=somewhat positive, 5=positive). Naturally, 0 should only be used in the most extreme circumstances and chances are, if you run into more than two 0s, the person's score will be bad enough that you won't need to finish the formula to find out that they'll receive a less than admirable rating, as this is based on the optimum score of 100. Here are the sixteen categories:

1. Sexiness (the personality aspect that measures how much of a turn-on they are)
2. Cuteness (the personality aspect that measures how much you care about their feelings, if they make you smile with happiness, etc)
3. Hotness (the physical aspect that measures their body attributes)
4. Beauty (the physical aspect that measures how pretty or handsome they are despite whether or not they'd be chosen as a magazine model)

1. Book Smarts (5 = all honors courses, 3 = all college prep, 1 = all slow general classes, 0 = beyond dumb)
2. Common/Street Sense (are they dumb enough to not know how to do simple everyday things or are they a street savvy genius?)
3. Creativity (are they creative in ANY way or at least can they discuss things like artwork, film, literature, etc?)
4. Psychological (their optimism/pragmatism/pessimism, stress management, focus, are they bipolar or crazy, etc)

1. Sense of Humor (do they make you laugh, can they take a joke, do they find the same things funny as you do?)
2. Same Likes & Dislikes (do you agree on the majority of subjects or will you always want to do different things?)
3. Kindness (are they mean-spirited or are they a kindhearted person?)
4. Tolerability (very tolerable where you can spend forever with them, or intolerable, leaving you feeling uncomfortable often?)

1. Seriousness (are they able to buckle down and be serious, or is everything a joke to them?)
2. Trustworthiness (are they going to cheat on you or lie to you?)
3. Supportiveness (does he/she help you achieve your goals, pick you up when you're down, etc)
4. Dependability (if you expect them to do something, will they follow through and accomplish it, or do they let you down?)

If you've noticed, 16 categories worth a possibility of 5 points a piece does not equal a standard rating of 100. The trick to this is that you have to pick four categories that you would consider the most important, NOT just the ones that have the highest score. If they happen to have the highest scores, that's no problem, but you can't look back and pick higher ones on purpose just to give them a higher score, as then you might as well throw the test out, because you're lying to yourself. They could be any of the 16 in any combination. For instance, you could pick all of the Attractiveness ones or you could pick one from each group, or you could pick 2 from one group and one from two of the other groups, etc. If only one thing stands out, you can pick that same one four times as well. No matter what, you're limited to 4 "all-star" categories which count double. For simplicity, let's just say we pick the first category from each of the four groups. Now we have 20 categories (the original 16 + the scores for Sexiness, Book Smarts, Sense of Humor, and Seriousness one more time). Having 20 categories at 5 points a piece brings you to your total score of 100, though it should be nearly impossible to reach a perfect 100. Hence, the grading system:

A = 100-84
B = 83-67
C = 66-50
D = 49-33
E = 32-16
F = 15-0

As stated before, this system will not apply to people that refuse to tell the truth to themselves. The whole premise of it is that it has to be honest. If you start filling it out and you see that you're coming up with a lot of lower ratings, so you start filling out 4's and 5's because you "feel bad" for them, you've just ruined the validity. By the end of filling this out, you should find out what aspects of his or her personality mesh with what you're looking for and which aspects are not up to par.


1. Sexiness = 2
2. Cuteness = 5
3. Hotness = 3
4. Beauty = 4
(Explanation: This person is cute and pretty, but not necessarily sexy and hot)

1. Book Smarts = 5
2. Common/Street Sense = 4
3. Creativity = 4
4. Psychological = 3
(Explanation: This person is cute and pretty, but not necessarily sexy and hot)

1. Sense of Humor = 3
2. Same Likes & Dislikes = 3
3. Kindness = 5
4. Tolerability =4
(Explanation: This person might not necessarily be incredibly entertaining, but she doesn't put me in a bad mood)

1. Seriousness = 4
2. Trustworthiness = 4
3. Supportiveness = 4
4. Dependability = 4
(Explanation: This person is reliable, responsible, and I don't have to worry if I put the ball in her court) 

1. Cuteness = 5
2. Book Smarts = 5
3. Same Likes/Dislikes =3
4. Tolerability = 4
(Explanation: This person would definitely pique my curiosities as she's fulfilled my most important obligations) 

(Explanation: This person is someone I could definitely see myself with)

So go ahead, fill it out, and if you're so inclined, let us know what your current boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband scored.



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