For the second episode of our podcast series, Decoding Brilliance in partnership with Tiffany & Co, we speak to psychological counsellor and life coach, Rany Moran, on the various languages and expressions of love, including gifts that come in a precious blue box

What’s your language of love? If you and your partner have different love languages, how do you find a comfortable middle ground? And what are the differences between how you give love versus how you receive love?

“Getting to know someone, falling in love and feeling those initial fluttery emotions are the easy parts—once you’ve committed yourselves to one another, partners must put in the right efforts to not only sustain but reignite romance over time. Not only do the 5 Love Languages help you forge deeper connections with your partner, and understand both yourself and them better, this can help rectify problems and revive relationship when times get tough,” says Rany Moran.

A psychological counsellor, life coach and entrepreneur, Rany Moran shared her insight on relationships and expressions of love in our second episode of Tatler Singapore’s new podcast series, Decoding Brilliance. In partnership with Tiffany & Co, Decoding Brilliance is a five-part podcast series where we deep dive into the illuminating realms of jewellery, the social impact of gems, expressions of love, masterful craftsmanship and innovative design, marrying precious moments with precious stones.

Delving deep into the topic of giving how we take, or thinking we should receive the same way we want to give love, Rany advises: “The thing about one’s love language is that we typically ‘give’ the way we want to ‘receive’—and vice versa. We expect our partners to love us in the same way that we love them, but this can set unrealistic expectations that are bound to leave us feeling unsatisfied or unfulfilled. What we need to realise and understand is how we express love versus how our partners express love can be different, and we need to find a good balance of giving and taking in each of our ways. If your partner shows affection through hugs, kisses and hand-holding, his or her love language is most likely physical, and therefore they would likely love for you to reciprocate with similarly warm, loving gestures. However, if your love language is more verbal—words of affirmation for example—don’t be afraid to ask for their opinion, support or words of encouragement if you don’t feel like they’re saying what you need to hear—they might not even realise this is what you need. There is no harm in spelling out what you want and need in terms of affection".

As for the love language of gifting, Moran said: “Now while the act of gifting can come naturally to most of us, this is, after all, where the phrase ‘it’s the thought that counts” was born. So beyond giving gifts, what we give can say a lot about us, and our relationships. And jewellery, in most cases, represent some of the most deep emotional gestures as not only are they grand presents, they often hold much deeper meaning.

“Diamonds have represented love, purity, resilience and commitment for centuries. And diamond rings have been be used as symbols and declarations of true love for just as long. Of course, there are engagement and weddings rings, as well as other pieces of jewellery, without diamonds, but diamonds are forever—as the saying goes”, she mused.

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