Faculty, Staff Book Club Considers the Language of Love
February 7, 2012 – With Valentine’s Day coming up, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) has re-launched its book club with relationships in mind – this month’s selection is The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.
About nine faculty and staff members gathered in the Human Resources Conference Room in Healy Hall Feb. 7 to discuss the five key categories or “love languages” Chapman writes about in the book – words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch.
The book debuted nearly two decades ago, but FSAP’s Lisa McCrohan says the book still appeals to many and frequently appears on The New York Times bestsellers list.
Ways of Relating
“It’s a simple tool for identifying ways to relate to your partner without blaming or trying to change them,” said McCrohan, who joined FSAP as a new wellness counselor last month. “We have a primary way in which we give and receive love, and that way may be just different from your partner’s way. You’re speaking different [love] languages.”
McCrohan said she was glad to see the book club gain interest from the university community after returning from its hiatus.
“When we thought about bringing back the book club, we thought about organizing it around a theme and on a monthly basis so participants have four or five weeks to discuss the readings and topic,” she explained.
February’s topic is “Mindful Relationships.” The group will continue discussion of The 5 Love Languages during three more sessions. Next month’s theme will be “Mindful Parenting.”
Elizabeth Chafin, a benefits information specialist for Georgetown, says this month’s book selection led to her participation in the book club.
Although friends and family had recommended The 5 Love Languages, it took the book club for her to finally read it and discuss it with the group.
“Programs such as this one do help me feel better connected and more a part of the campus community,” she said after participating in the Feb. 7 session. “I’m eager to hear other perspectives and look forward to more thought-provoking conversation.”