5 Life Languages (TM) – Introduction
Human beings of every tribe, tongue, and nation have found ways of communicating between themselves for centuries. A quick internet search I did today showed that there are currently 7,139 languages spoken in the world, with English being the most common.
Although we as human beings have mastered the art of speaking to one another, we still tragically struggle in how to effectively communicate with each other. Speaking leads to hearing, whereas communicating leads to understanding. And if we’re honest, the world we live in could benefit from better communication at all levels.
You’ve probably heard yourself (or someone else) say, “It’s as if we’re speaking two different languages.” This may be the case in your marriage, in parenting relationships, with co-workers, or just in life. If both people are speaking the same spoken language, then what is keeping them from actually communicating? Communication is most effective when we understand the language the other person receives most favorably.
The Three Longings of Man
The Bible tells us that God created man and woman in His image, most notably being one person comprised of three interdependent natures: our search for SIGNIFICANCE, COMPETENCE, and BELONGING. A core “need” exists intrinsically within each of these, and is essential to the well-being of the person’s soul. Experiencing inner peace and relational harmony in life is dependent upon these needs being appreciated. When grossly unfulfilled, the individual will experience turmoil within and lack of connectedness with others.
The Longing for SIGNIFICANCE
Our search for significance most notable lies in how we perceive our being accepted and included with others. This comes in many forms, including being part of others, being heard by others, being seen by others, being wanted by others, and being sufficient for others, just to name a few.
The Longing for COMPETENT
Every human being has a need to know that they are good at something. This is the need for Competence. This includes decision making, carrying out responsibilities, performing tasks, plus the countless variations of these that human beings use in measuring human competence. This list includes things such as perfectionistic, controlling, independent, successful, procrastinator, stubborn, and so on.
The Longing for BELONGING
God created every human being to be in intimate relationship with Him. The desire to belong is hard-wired into each of us, giving us a hunger for oneness with God. But as fallen people, we seek to satisfy this need on a human level. To belong is to matter… to someone. To be loved, liked, praised, appreciated, secured, and a million more emotions of affection. When we truly feel that we belong somewhere with someone (or a group of someones), we experience wholeness in our soul.
The Five Life Languages of the Soul
A lack of or breakdown in communication between people indicates that the individual’s life language is not being sufficiently communicated. In this state, the individual typically experiences intra- and/or inter-personal conflict.
The combination of Life Languages each of us were created with are entirely inborn and God-given. Not genetic. Not learned. Not chosen.
The Language of Being ENOUGH
A person with this Life Language has an essential need to appear competent.
The Language of Being RESPECTED
A person with this Life Language has an essential need to be in control or under control.
The Language of Being PRIZED
A person with this Life Language has an essential need to be approved of and validated.
The Language of Being INCLUDED
A person with this Life Language has an essential need to be accepted.
The Language of Being UNDERSTOOD
A person with this Life Language has an essential need for others to understand their uniqueness.
Putting It All Together
The 5 Life Languages is an entirely new and innovative concept, birth out of my extensive experience as an NCCA Licensed Christian Counselor and Certified Temperament Counselor. My intention is to communicate these powerful concepts in a universally acceptable way, without creating distinctions among people groups.
In my next 5 blog posts I will be explaining in detail the uniqueness of each of the 5 Life Languages, and how to begin communicating in this way. The matrix below provides the very basic view of how to communicate with the 5 Life Languages. To become a better, more effective communicator, align your thoughts and words to the suggestions in gray.
Obviously it’s difficult to know for sure what Life Language an individual most needs to hear. But as we spend time getting to know more about a person, it will become more apparent which Life Languages are most essential to them.
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