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Photo: LightField Studios (Shutterstock) You’ve almost certainly heard of “love languages” and you probably also know there are five of them. Or, there were. In 1992, Gary Chapman released a book explaining this theory of interpersonal dynamics , and delving into the five ways people can display affection to their partners—words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, actives of service, and receiving gifts. The impact of his work on our modern dating culture is seismic, to say the least. New research, however, shows that there might actually be seven of these so-called love languages, and they aren’t exactly as Chapman laid out three decades ago. Truity , a company that offers a variety of personality tests, announced last week that its new survey of over 500,000 people yielded a list of seven love styles: Activity, appreciation, emotional, financial, intellectual, physical, and practical. So, what does this update to the conventional wisdom mean for you? What are the original love languages all about? Chapman, a marriage counselor whose work with couples in the 1980s led to the publication of his seminal work in 1992, not to mention subsequent books and a cottage industry based on the original love languages, concluded everyone communicates their affection in one of those five ways. Similarly, everyone feels most loved when their partner communicates with them using their preferred love language. The original five were pretty self-explanatory. Someone whose love language is “quality time” obviously wants to spend quality time with a partner. Someone whose […]