Attachment Style and Relationships

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1 Attachment Style and Relationships Robert Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love: In 1986, psychologist Robert Sternberg created his triangular theory of love based on three components/dimensions: passion, intimacy, and commitment: 1. Passion - a strong feeling about someone or something which is the friendship element of love including sharing, bonding, and trust. 2. Intimacy - a romantic or physical element of love for someone or something that includes physical or sexual attraction. 3. Commitment - the decision to love one person for the rest of your life and do everything in your power to keep that love going.
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2 Attachment Style and Relationships The three components/dimensions interact and form eight different kinds of love experiences: non-love, liking, romantic love, companionate, consummate love, infatuation, fatuous love, and empty love: 1. Non-love - the absence of all three components; passion, intimacy and commitment. 2. Liking - made up of intimacy only. This love is more like a friendship love; they will feel a bond or closeness, but not passion or commitment. 3. Romantic Love - the combination of passion and intimacy only. This love bonds emotionally through intimacy and physically through passionate arousal. 4. Companionate - the combination of intimacy and commitment only. This is a non-passionate love that is stronger than a friendship because there is commitment. 5. Consummate Love - the combination of all three components; passion, intimacy and commitment. This is the complete form of love where relationships will thrive. 6. Infatuation - made up of passion only. Relationships often start out like this and become romantic love as intimacy develops over time. 7. Fatuous Love - the combination of passion and commitment only. In this love, commitment is motivated largely by passion without the influence of intimacy. 8. Empty Love - made up of commitment only. This love is characterized by commitment, but has no intimacy or passion.
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3 Attachment Style and Relationships The size of the triangle represents the "amount" of love - the bigger the triangle the greater the love. The shape of the triangle represents the "type" of love, which may vary over the
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