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Neil Clark Warren : biography

September 18, 1934 -

Neil Clark Warren (born September 18, 1934) is a clinical psychologist, Christian theologian, seminary professor, chairman and co-founder of the online relationship sites eHarmony and Compatible Partners.

Warren was born and raised on a farm outside Des Moines, Iowa. He is a former dean and psychologist at the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University, where he was the student body president and met his wife of 54 years, Marylyn Warren. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Chicago in 1967. Neil and Marylyn have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

Warren is the author of ten books including Date… or Soul Mate?, How to Know If Someone Is Worth Pursuing in Two Dates or Less, and bestseller Finding the Love of Your Life. In 1995, Warren and son-in-law Greg Forgatch created Neil Clark Warren & Associates, a company which offered seminars and teaching tools based on the wisdom from Warren’s books.

In early 2000, they saw the need to redesign the company and created an online match-making site called eHarmony, the first and only compatibility matching service. Warren’s initial goal was for the site to assist singles in finding a lasting marriage. His further goal was to lower the divorce rate to single digits. Harris Interactive conducted an online study for eHarmony in July and August 2009 among adults aged 20–54. The study found that 44 million users are on the site and an average of 542 of those are married every day in the United States. Dr. Warren’s articles have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, and he has been interviewed on more than seven thousand radio and television programs.Slater, D. (2013). Love in the Time of Algorithms. London: Penguin Group.

In July 2012, Warren came out of retirement to become the chief executive of eHarmony. He replaced many of the business-focused executives with social scientists. One of Warren’s biggest changes to the company was to expand the brand into a broader “relationship site” to help people create highly compatible relationships throughout their lives. Under this new vision, Warren used his research to help users make close friends, become better parents, connect compatible employers and job seekers, cope with aging and solve interpersonal problems.

"I think we could have had a very good business forever matching people for marriage,” Warren said in 2012 in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “But our sense was, we could do a lot more than that."Chang, A. (2012, December 13). EHarmony founder has his heart set on reviving the dating site. Los Angeles Times.

Focus on the Family and eHarmony

Warren attributes much of eHarmony's initial success to its promotion on the daily radio broadcast of Focus on the Family. As the company expanded and sought broader market share, Warren parted ways with Focus on the Family and its founder, James Dobson. In 2005, Warren discontinued his appearances on Dobson’s radio show and bought back rights to three of his books—Finding the Love of Your Life, Make Anger Your Ally, and Learning to Live with the Love of Your Life—originally published by Focus on the Family. As Warren explained, "We're trying to reach the whole world — people of all spiritual orientations, all political philosophies, all racial backgrounds."

Research literature

Building upon his research and writing on the subject of building strong marriages (including his book, Finding the Love of Your Life), Warren and Forgatch started eHarmony in 2000 as a web-based method of matching singles with compatible mates for marriage.http://www.eharmony.com/core/eharmony;jsessionid=i7Pn20gw3_L8?cmd=about-ncw Their "29 dimensions of compatibility" can be divided into four categories:

  • Character and constitution
  • Personality
  • Emotional makeup and skills
  • Family and values
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