Short essays by Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., the author of TING AND I: A Memoir of Love, Courage and Devotion, published in September 2011 by Outskirts Press (Parker, CO, USA), available from outskirtspress.com/tingandi, Barnes and Noble [bn.com], and Amazon [amazon.com], in paperback or ebook formats. Please visit us at tingandi.com for more information.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
5 Languages of Love
Keith McArthur in his recent book, 18 Steps to Control Your Life), cites Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages, in which
Chapman makes the point that when we try to express our love to our loved one,
we often do so in ways that we appreciate, but not necessarily what he or she
Chapman outlined five different love languages:
These words are complements and affirmations, recognition
of things they do well.
“Actions speak louder than words,” we’ve been told. I’ve
also heard it said, “work is love and a real.” Many people know you care only by
what you do for them.
Some people feel loved primarily when their partners give
them things, not necessarily expensive things. While I don’t have much interest
in most material things, it is true that when I see something I was given, I
think of the giver with appreciation.
Others measure our affection by the amount of time that we
choose to spend with them, sometimes quietly, sometimes doing something that
they want, even if the giver does not want to do it. Perhaps especially if the
giver would not usually do it.
Finally, some crave physical touch, not necessarily sex,
but kissing, hugging, and caresses.
WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE?
Some tips on knowing what
hurts you most if it is not given?
have you requested most often?
you express your love?
DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS
People tend to express love the way they want it expressed
Many relationship problems are traceable to speaking
different languages of love.
Learn what languages of love you and your partner want
spoken. Don’t let a language mismatch produce a relationship failure.