Have you ever felt that no matter how much effort you put into an apology for your partner, they still feel you're being insincere? Or perhaps you've been on the receiving end, refusing to believe your partner's insistent apologies?

This often happens because both parties are not speaking the same love language, stalling solutions and leading to longer-term problems with effective conflict resolution.

Identify and understand

Your first task is to identify your partner's love language.

"It is really essential to understand each other's love language in order to relate to each other in the ways that will feel caring and loving to your partner," said Jane Greer, a New York–based licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of "What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship."