What is love; everyone has their own theory on what they think love is.
Steinberg’s Triangular Theory of Love, there are three categories of love, passion, intimacy, and
Intimacy is the feeling of closeness, bondedness,
and connectedness that can exist
between two individuals.
Intimacy tends to peak slower than passion and then gradually reduces
to a relatively low level of manifest intimacy as interpersonal bonding increases.
circumstances, however, tend to activate latent intimacy, which can cause the manifest level of
intimacy to return or exceed its earlier peak.
Passion is the drive that produces romantic,
passion accounts for the sexual drives and intercourse.
tends to occur at the beginning of relationships, peaks relatively quickly and then reduces to a
stable level because of habituation.
Following relationship termination, an individual’s capacity
for passion appears to go negative for a period, as the individual overcomes feelings of loss
Commitment is the decision and commitment to further a loving relationship, and
to love someone (short term) and then to transfer this decision into a long-term one by
maintaining this love
In successful relationships, the level of commitment rises relatively
slowly at first, speeds up, and then gradually levels off.
Where relationships fail, the level of
commitment usually decreases gradually and descends back towards the baseline
In these three there our subcategories, for passion there is infatuation, fatuous love, and
Passion can be defined as a powerful emotion, such as love, joy, anger,
hatred, or even lust.
Intimacy can also be a seduction a process of rapport building that enables
individuals to confidently disclose previously hidden thoughts or feelings.
Commitment is being
bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to be another person or persons.
All of these are major components in Steinberg’s Triangular Theory of Love; this theory can