Exam # 3
characteristics of passionate love
Generalized physiological arousal
- Strong sexual desire
Intense psychological feelings
- avoid conflict
Feelings of completeness
three components of Sternberg’s theory of love
Passion, Intimacy, & Commitment are the three love components
Passion builds then fades, Intimacy and commitment contine to build
Intimacy alone= friendship
Passion alone= infatuation
Sternberg’s definition of intimacy
: component of love encompasses the sense of being
bonded with another person. Feelings of warmth, sharing, and closeness. Willingness to
help the other and an openness to sharing private thoughts and feelings.
intimacy + passion + commitment.
Fullest kind of love
mere exposure effect –
repeated exposure to novel stimuli tends to increase an
individuals liking for such stimuli.
the geographic nearness of one person to another, which is an important
factor in interpersonal attraction.
when someone shows they like us, we tend to like them back.
results of Buss’s cross-cultural study on sex differences in partner preferences –
place greater value than women on mates who are both young and physically attractive.
relationship between love and sex as viewed by men and women –
men are more
likely to define being in love.
Easier for men than women to have sexual intercourse for
Both feel that good communication, commitment, and high quality of
emotional and physical intimacy are key ingredients for loving relationships.
sex differences in envy of romantic rivals -
Women envy attractiveness and popularity.
Men envy wealth and fame.
characteristics of those who are jealous –
low self esteem,
High value on wealth and
characteristics of long-term successful marriages -
companionship, sexual expression and variety, seeing partner as best friend. Maintaining
frequent positive interaction.
characteristics of a lasting love relationship –
self acceptance, acceptance by ones
partner, appreciation of one onther, commitment, good communication, realistic
expectations, shared interests, equality in decision making, ability to face conflict
sexual variety –
Communication is critical, be spontaneous (have sex in places other
than bed), plan for intimate time, don’t worry about frequency “Standards”
mutual empathy –
The underlying knowledge that each partner in a relationship cares
for the other and knows that the care is reciprocated.
love neurotransmitters –