We all feel loved in different ways. This study focuses on the love language called physical touch. Physical touch is a very powerful communicator in marriage. It is important to understand above all that physical touch is not limited to sexual expression. In this study based on Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages, we will look at how important physical touch is as a means of giving and receiving love for those with this language.

Physical touch is used around the world to express our acceptance of others or our rejection of them. In North America, if we refused to shake hands with someone, it would send a loud message. Hugging someone at an airport is commonly seen as a means of expressing one of many things: _I will miss you, I am glad to see you again, I love you, don’t go. _

In every culture around the world, physical touch is used to communicate emotional love. We see this clearly with babies. Studies show that babies who are touched and loved develop a healthier emotional life than babies left for long periods of time without physical touch. For the person whose primary love language is physical touch, physical affection is crucial to their feeling loved. Often this is need is poorly understood by their spouse. In this study we will look closely at what physical touch means as a love language. Sex might be a part of it, but it's not all there is. This expression of love is as complex as the individual who needs it.

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