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Chapter 7 Love and Communication in Intimate Relationships
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What is Love? Difficult to define Special attitude with behavioral and emotional components Different things to different people Difficult to measure
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Types of Love: Passionate Love Passionate Love Also known as romantic love or infatuation Intense psychological feelings Generalized physiological arousal Strong sexual desire Avoid conflict Feelings of completeness Short-lived
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Types of Love: Companionate Love Companionate Love Less intense than passionate love More enduring than passionate love
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Sternberg’s Triangular Theory
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Sternberg’s Triangular Theory Passion, Intimacy, & Commitment are the three love components Passion builds then fades Variations in components yield different kinds of love Intimacy alone = friendship Passion alone = infatuation Commitment alone = empty love
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Lee’s Styles of Loving Romantic (eros) Game-playing (ludus) Possessive (mania) Compassionate (storge) Altruistic (agape) Pragmatic (pragma)
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Falling in Love The chemistry of love Neurotransmitters Norepinephrine Dopamine Phenylethylamine (PEA) Oxytocin Endorphins Loss of romantic love and neurotransmitter withdrawal
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Falling in Love: Proximity Proximity Mere exposure effect Familiarity breeds predictability which leads to greater comfort Greater proximity often reflects shared interests
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Falling in Love: Similarity Similarity Level of physical attractiveness
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