The theory posits that there are five ways in which human beings essentially communicate love: words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, acts of service, and receiving gifts. We may respond to (or "speak") all of these in some way, but there is always one that means more to us than the others. This is our "primary love language." Not only will we respond better to those who recognize (or luck out, to be
cynical fair) our own language, but if we wish to show someone how much we care for them, we should also strive to speak their respective language.
(Barf. Gag. Ugh. I know...but I got the rant out of my system last night/this morning, so just bear with me through my brief bout of soul-searching. Kay? Thanks.)
So much of this makes sense to me because I have (more than once) found myself wondering why the hell a boyfriend or friend insists on executing the relationship on their terms. "Why," I ask myself, "is it all about them?" After I've exhausted myself throwing a hissy fit and start acting like a big girl again, I inevitably realize that my disappointment is partly my fault. I never communicated how I wanted to be treated. (I don't want to hear a WORD from the peanut gallery about my inability to communicate emotions/feelings in general. I am AWESOME.) Now, some things, such as Natty doesn't appreciate it when you fall in love with other women while we are in a relationship, should be understood. (Seriously?) But others could have been addressed if only I had (a) recognized this need and (b) shared it with Captain NotWorthy.
(Rambly, rambly, rambly....the point, already?)
This entire theory presupposes that you give a crap enough about the relationship on which you are focusing to even attempt to recognize the needs of another. And, if you're feelin' ambitious, you might even go out of your way to try to meet those needs. For another person. Crazy talk, I know.
The lesson I'd like to leave you with, dear children, is that we all want to feel loved and appreciated. For those people already in your life (as well as those who have yet to arrive) who matter to you, know that with just a modicum of effort you can make all the difference in their hearts and in their heads. Pay attention to what makes them light up. And if you're lucky, they'll give a damn enough to do the same for you.