Sternberg�s Triangular Theory of Love

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Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love By Joshua Jones
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Sternberg’s Model
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Sternberg’s Theory The Triangular Theory of Love characterizes love in a interpersonal relationship on three different major scales: intimacy, passion and commitment.
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Intimacy Intimacy is the part of love that brings you close to another person, a sense of trust, a feeling of security, and an ability to speak honestly with one another. Intimacy exists as much between friends as be it does between couples.
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Passion Passion is physical attraction combined with the desire to express the attraction sexually. This does not immediately mean having sex. Kissing, hugging, and holding hands are expressions of passion.
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Commitment Commitment is loyalty and a mutual decision to pursue a relationship. This element involves honesty and consciously not doing anything that
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Unformatted text preview: could hurt your partner. Combinations Sternberg theorized that the three points could combine with each other to make different forms of love. Intimacy together with passion is his definition of romantic love. Intimacy and commitment produce companionable love. Commitment fueled only by passion equals fatuous (meaningless) love. A blending of all three elements intimacy, passion, and commitment is consummate (complete) love. References Dreher, N. (2004). Looking at Love. Current Health 2. 30(6), 1. Sage, N. A. (2001). Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love: Illustrated (On-Line).Retrieved from: http:// www.psy.pdx.edu/PsiCafe/Overheads/TriangularLo ve. .htm Triangular Theory of Love . Retrieved June 08, 2005, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangular_theory_of_lov e...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor Joiner during the Spring '06 term at ECPI College of Technology.

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