Five languages of love

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The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate is a 1995 faith-based book by Gary Chapman[1] and from that work is extrapolated the following information:

There are five ways to express and experience love that Chapman calls "love languages":

  • gifts
  • quality time
  • words of affirmation
  • acts of service
  • physical touch

Chapman argues that, emotionally, people need to receive love and writes that people should not use the love languages that they like to perform or receive the most, but rather the love languages that their loved ones can best fit to receive at a given time. As such it is very important to know which kinds of love your partner enjoys receiving most, rather than focussing on the ways you enjoy giving the most, and attempt to strike a good balance in that regard.