For the people who are not yet aware of the term other half let me clarify what other half means. Other half is the term used for the life partner irrespective of the clause of the constant change in the other halves. In Pakistan much emphasis is put on a marriage which according to a dictionary is a legal contract between two individuals that unites their lives legally, economically, and emotionally. Therefore much of the public’s effort is put in striving to attain the perfect other half. In this article characteristics which are central to look for in a life partner and two most important criteria in relation to life partner will be explored. Moreover a concise understanding would be imparted regarding the elements which make marriages successful.

Samreen-Masud-120x150Samreen Masud is currently serving as a Clinical Psychologist at Willing Ways Lahore. She has done her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore and her BSc. Hons. in Applied Psychology from Kinnaird College as well. She has had the experience of working as an intern at Shaukat KhanumMemorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center. There she became expert in counseling and relaxation techniques working with cancer patients both adults and children.

Editor: Arman Ahmed

In a society like Pakistan there exist three types of marriages: Arranged marriages, Love marriages and a combination of both. When it is asked by families or by an individual concerned as to which criteria the selection has been made. The most prevalent answer is “the other half is educated, rich (financially stable), belongs to a good family and good looking”. Now the question which arises is that are these criteria’s sufficient for one to make a perfect other half, is the marriage going to be successful based on these criteria’s? Well the most probable answer which most of the learned individuals of the society come up with is “NO”.


In quest for the perfect other half there are few characteristics which should be taken into an account. The respective characteristics are as follows:

1.     Compatibility and commitment

2.   Relationship skills

3.    Relationship patterns

4.    Family dynamics and background

5.    Emotional health and maturity