The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate is a 1992 book by Gary Chapman.[1] It outlines five general ways that romantic partners express and experience love, which Chapman calls "love languages". They are acts of service, gift-giving, physical touch, quality time, and words of affirmation.

The Five Love Languages
AuthorGary Chapman
Original titleThe Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
CountryUnited States
SubjectIntimate relationships
PublisherNorthfield Publishing
Publication date
TextThe Five Love Languages online

Summary edit

According to Chapman, the five "love languages" are:

Examples are given from his counseling practice, as well as questions to help determine one's own love languages.[2][3] According to Chapman's theory, each person has one primary and one secondary love language.

Chapman suggests that to discover another person's love language, one must observe the way they express love to others, and analyze what they complain about most often and what they request from their significant other most often. He theorizes that people tend to naturally give love in the way that they prefer to receive love, and better communication between couples can be accomplished when one can demonstrate caring to the other person in the love language the recipient understands.

An example would be: if a husband's love language is acts of service, he may be confused when he does the laundry and his wife does not perceive that as an act of love, viewing it as simply performing household duties, because the love language she comprehends is words of affirmation (verbal affirmation that he loves her). She may try to use what she values, words of affirmation, to express her love to him, which he would not value as much as she does. If she understands his love language and mows the lawn for him, he perceives it in his love language as an act of expressing her love for him; likewise, if he tells her he loves her, she values that as an act of love.

Reception edit

The book sold 8,500 copies in its first year, four times what the publisher expected.[4] The following year it sold 17,000, and two years later, 137,000.[4] It was on the New York Times Best Seller list from 2009 to 2013.[5]

A 2006 study by Nicole Egbert and Denise Polk suggests that the Five Love Languages might have some degree of psychometric validity.[6]

Criticisms edit

Scientific research on the validity of Chapman's Love Languages is largely inconclusive.[7] Julie Gottman has cast doubt on the concept of a "primary" love language and the usefulness of insisting on showing or receiving love in only one way.[8] Research does, however, support the portion of Chapman's work on self-regulating behavior to match a partner's wants and needs.[citation needed]

Related works edit

Since 1992, Chapman has written several books related to The Five Love Languages, including The Five Love Languages of Children in 1997[9] and The Five Love Languages for Singles in 2004.[10] In 2011, Chapman co-authored The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Paul White, applying the 5 Love Languages concepts to work-based relationships.[11] There are also special editions of the book, such as The Five Love Languages Military Edition (2013) which Chapman co-authored with Jocelyn Green.[12]

References edit

  1. ^ Gary Chapman (1992). The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Northfield Publishing. ISBN 978-1881273158.
  2. ^ Stephen M.R. Covey; Rebecca R. Merrill (2006). The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything. Simon & Schuster. p. 212. ISBN 978-1416542377.
  3. ^ Michael Olpin; Margie Hesson (2009). Stress Management for Life (2 ed.). Cengage Learning. p. 205. ISBN 978-0324599435.
  4. ^ a b Feiler, Bruce (19 November 2011). "Can Gary Chapman Save Your Marriage?--This Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Paperback Advice & Misc. Books - Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Egbert, Nichole; Polk, Denise (23 Aug 2006). "Speaking the Language of Relational Maintenance: A Validity Test of Chapman's Five Love Languages". Communication Research Reports. 23 (1): 19–26. doi:10.1080/17464090500535822. S2CID 143769969.
  7. ^ Karantzas, Gery (13 February 2023). "Love languages are hugely popular – but there's very little evidence they exist at all". The Conversation. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  8. ^ Fetters, Ashley (20 October 2019). "It Isn't About Your Love Language; It's About Your Partner's". The Atlantic. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  9. ^ Chapman, Gary D.; Campbell, Ross (1997). The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively. Chicago: Northfield Publishing. ISBN 9780802403476. OCLC 1020412967.
  10. ^ David Rainey (2008). Faith Reads: A Selective Guide to Christian Nonfiction. ABC-CLIO. p. 125. ISBN 978-1591588474.
  11. ^ Chapman and White, Northfield Press (2011), Appreciation at Work network[ISBN missing]
  12. ^ Chapman, Gary D.; Green, Jocelyn (2013). The 5 Love Languages Military Edition: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Chicago: Northfield Publishing. ISBN 9780802407696. OCLC 847246629.

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