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Love Triangle 

Not quite the sexy and dramatic twist of 3 lovers lovingly loving behind each others' backs, this section is dedicated to the Triangular Theory of Love and the types of love based off this model.
 
Sternberg proposed that love has three components: intimacy, passion, and decision/commitment. The building of intimacy and passion in the early stages of a relationship not only lengthen that partnership's life, it builds the core of deciding that one is in love and is committed to maintaining that love.

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  • Intimacy: feelings that promote closeness, bondedness, and connectednes, including concern for the welfare of others, subjective happiness, positive regard, sharing, support, mutual understanding, and intimate communication.
  • Passion: sources of arousal that contribute to the experience of pasion, such as sexual needs, the need for self-esteem, affiliation, submission, dominance, and self-actualization.
  • Decision/Commitment: the decision that one is in love, and the commitment to maintain that love.
 
 

Type of Love
Intimacy

 
Passion

Commitment

Consumate Love
X

X

X

Romantic Love
X

X

--

Infatuation
--

X

--

Fatuous Love
--

X

X

Companionate Love
X

--

X

Empty Love
--

--

X

Liking
X

--

--

Nonlove
--

--

--

R.J. Steinberg's Triangular Theory of Love demonstrates the components present in the various forms of love. Anything here look similar to your own experiences?
 
 

"If her love's an ocean, then I am an island." -- 33 Heads