Relationships in Early AdulthoodLove, intimacy, and adult relationships go hand-in-hand. Psychologist Robert Sternberg proposed that love consists of three components: passion,decision/commitment, and intimacy. Passion concerns the intense feelings of physiological arousal and excitement (including sexual arousal) present in a relationship, while decision/commitment concerns the decision to love the partner and maintain the relationship. Intimacy concerns the sense of warmth and closeness in a loving relationship, including the desires to help the partner, to self-disclose, and to keep the partner in one's life. People express intimacy in three ways: •Physical intimacy involves mutual affection and sexual activity. •Psychological intimacy involves sharing feelings and thoughts. •Social intimacy involves enjoying the same friends and types of recreation.
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