Everyone experiences love differently. Biology, upbringing, personality and experiences all influence the way an individual likes and needs to be loved.
Being different in this way isn’t a problem. In fact it’s one of the things that makes relationships a rich and wonderful experience.
What is a potential problem is that both you and your spouse (or fiance, date, friends etc) will instinctively give love in the way that you most like to receive it. So if affirmation and verbal expressions of devotion are important to you, you’ll tend to express love this way. This happens instinctively and is irrespective of whether that is important to the other. Similarly, your spouse will tend to express love in ways that he/she best encounters love.
Sometimes, there is a strong overlap in your ‘Unique Love Profiles‘ (that is, the pattern of Love Needs that is unique to you). However, most couples find that there are also significant differences.
And it’s in these differences where the potential for disappointment and heartache lies. You both may be trying really hard to express love to each other, but just not delivering it in a way that speaks “LOVE” loud and clear to your spouse.
To be effective in your efforts to love, you will need to learn how your spouse wants and needs to be loved; to love by intention rather than by instinct. You will need to study your spouse, observing how he/she responds to gestures of love, to build a picture of what communicates love most effectively.
When you understand what is important to your husband or wife, then you can choose to give love to your spouse in exactly the way he or she best experiences it.
This is SmartLoving: giving of yourself to your spouse in the way he or she most likes and needs to be loved.
SmartLoving is genuine loving because it’s other-centred. It’s focused on loving your spouse on their terms rather than your own.
It is also smart because it’s effective. It helps you to target your efforts to love towards what will truly communicate love. Afterall, who can afford to waste precious time or energy loving in a way that doesn’t hit the mark?
Posts in this Series
Nature of Love: here
Sexual Differences: here
Loving Smart: here – this post
SmartLoving Keys: here
Discover Your Unique Love Profile: here
Have you got a Smart Relationship: here