Learning to Love

Posted on October 1, 2012

In some languages there are several different words that represent the English word ‘love.’  The idea of using different words to describe levels of love, to me, is a great idea.  Distinguishing brotherly love, as friend or family love, from romantic love seems logical because these types of love are all so different.  The ways in which people love, like the different words for love, are very unique.  With all of these different words for love and all of the different ways to love, how does someone really love another person?  How do you show another person love and feel love yourself?  Gary Chapman has taken a step in breaking down the different types of love and explaining them in his book The Five Love Languages. 

This book is very helpful in learning how you like to be loved, but even more you can use it to learn how to love your significant other they way they want to be loved.  He does this by explaining the different types of love. He defines five different areas of showing love: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.  These are five broad spectrums in how people show and feel love.  When reading Chapman’s book you can find out what types of love impact you the most.  How does this translate to loving someone else?

Using The Five Love Languages, you can understand how to best love someone else.  Finding out in what ways your romantic partner feels the most love allows you to make the most of the acts of love you show.  Learning the way your partner feels loved can help you shift away from actions that may not register as love and towards the ways that do.  Thus your partner will feel more loved by you.  The best way to love someone is in the way they wish to be loved.  Unlocking this secret will allow you love your partner completely and in a way that is totally unique.

The Five Love Languages illustrates five different categories of love.  These categories can be used to understand not only how you feel loved, but also how your partner feels love.  Using this knowledge you can tailor your love to specifically fit your partner.  Imagine how loving your partner in the way they want to be loved could impact your relationship!

Click here for more information on The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

 

Written by: Shannon Sievers, MA

Shannon  has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She specializes in relationship and divorce care, teen issues, and communication skills in the Indianapolis area.  To contact Shannon call (317) 474- 6448 ext 112 or email Shannon@GroffandAssociates.com

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