How do you identify a soul mate? A soul mate is different from a life partner. A life partner relationship may be very fulfilling, however, it is a somewhat different experience from being with a soul mate. A life partner relationship may be very mature and based on mutual respect, love, trust, common goals and friendship. A soul mate connection is a little more difficult to nail down. With a soul mate, you are drawn to someone. It is usually intuitive and basic. It probably seems right and comfortable. Words seem inadequate to describe a soul mate connection.