Relationships in Early Adulthood Love, 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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