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Early Adulthood: Age 17–45 An important aspect of achieving intimacy with another person is first being able to separate from the  family of origin , or family of procreation. Most young adults have some familial attachments, but are  also in the process of separating from them. This process normally begins during Daniel Levinson's  early adult transition  (17–22), when many young adults first leave home to attend college or take a  job in another city.  By age 22 young adults have attained at least some level of attitudinal, emotional, and physical  independence. They are ready for Levinson's  entering the adult world  (22–28) stage of early  adulthood, during which relationships take center stage.  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.  The many varieties of love described by Sternberg consist of varying degrees of passion,  commitment, and intimacy. For example,  infatuation , or “puppy love”—so characteristic of  adolescence—involves passion, but not intimacy or commitment.  In addition to love and intimacy, sexuality is realized during young adulthood within the context of one  or more relationships, whether long- or short-term. Although adolescent sexuality is of a growing and  maturing nature, adult sexuality is fully expressive. The following sections discuss some of the more 
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