There are five distinct love languages, defined by experts. Our love language(s) tell us how we feel the greatest sense of love from our partner, and it identifies how we uniquely express our love as identified by Dr. Chapman, the author of The Five Love Languages: the secret to a love that lasts!
How to figure out your primary language:
- Your upbringing can speak into your love language. How did you parents show you love growing up? What made you feel the most loved as a child? There is a high probability that is your primary love language.
- When you really want to show someone you care about them, what first comes to your mind to show it? Your most basic instincts can show your primary love language as well.
- Painful relational experiences can show your primary love language. If someone close to you hurt you in a deep way or neglected to show love the way you wanted, perhaps the deep hurt/dissatisfaction came because the way you most feel loved was not met. This means that what they failed to do is what you value the most because it is your primary love language.