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My Romantic Pattern

 

I took the What’s Your Romantic Pattern?

And here are the results:

Iris Camille, your romantic pattern is Love vs. Honor!

Love vs. Honor is the most dramatic pattern of all — defined by an innate tug of war between what you want to do and what you think you should do.

But, here’s the recurring pattern you may see in your relationships: There is something coming between you and love.

Perhaps it’s a religious conviction, a previous commitment, family, patriotic duty, or deep belief that good things only come at a terrible price.

You tend to put others’ needs before your own. Romance is not your number one priority, though in the back of your mind you are holding out for a soul mate.

If you’re looking for examples you can start back with the Greek myths where heroes were often forced to give up love and the comforts of home for battles in far-off lands. In Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” Estella chooses to obey her benefactress and break Pip’s heart, even though she deeply regrets doing so. Political obligations and previous relationships tear Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman apart in the unforgettable film “Casablanca.”

In your pattern, you find your soul mate, only to discover you can’t be together unless you give up something precious, or jeopardize other relationships or ideals that are important to you. The decision itself is at the heart of your pattern. How do you choose? If this is your one chance at true love, can anything be worth giving it up? Can you enjoy love knowing you’ve betrayed something dear to you to achieve it? Or will the love be stronger for your sacrifice. This pattern is about confronting your values and life choices. It’s about reevaluating what’s important to you and choosing to remain on the same path or move in a new direction.

If you’ve devoted yourself to long-term academic study or a consuming career that demands longevity in order to succeed, careers like medicine, law, business — you might feel you’re letting yourself down if you throw yourself off-track with a relationship. Do you have a family member for whom choice of religion, career, social position is a really big deal? Are you afraid to disappoint them if your partner doesn’t match the mold?

In the movie version of “The End of the Affair,” Julianne Moore plays a woman who makes a pact with God to stop cheating on her husband if her lover survives a terrible injury. When he lives, she’s forced to keep her promise, breaking both their hearts in the process. All relationships, at some point or another, require sacrifices. These painful decisions are familiar to everyone. No wonder it’s so easy to relate to this romantic pattern’s historical, literary, and cinematic counterparts. You’re living it!

But this is just scratching the surface of what we uncovered about the romantic pattern that drives your relationships.

While you were taking this test, we analyzed your responses to different types of questions, questions that get at the underlying factors of your relationship patterns.

These questions measure aspects of your formative experiences, your self-esteem, and your subconscious reactions to romantic scenarios — the dimensions that direct your behavior and choice of partners.

This allows us to look at the source of your romantic pattern — how and when this pattern became attractive to you — and allows us to make specific suggestions that will help you make better choices, and find true happiness in love.

 

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