The Five A's of Love

By Jim Squire MDiv RP |

David Richo a well respected psychotherapist and author has described the five essential elements of love. I would agree these five A's are necessary for couples to have a basic needs met in a loving relationship. The five A's are Appreciation, Attention, Acceptance, Affection and Allowing a person to fulfill their deepest hopes and needs. Appreciation is a tangible reminder our partner matters, Attention if absent leads to us feeling ignored/ invisible or rejected. Acceptance is a fundamental need that feeds our self-esteem and sense of self worth. Affection is of course linked to desire and we all need to feel desired by our partner, Allowing gives us the freedom to pursue our life goals and be who we are. Take some time and reflect on how your meeting the five A's in your relationship