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WK2Attachment Style & Relationships

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Running head: ATTACHMENT STYLE & RELATIONSHIPS 1 Attachment Style & Relationships Angel Bingham PSY/220 December 4, 2011 Stefanie Crouse
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ATTACHMENT STYLE & RELATIONSHIPS 2 Attachment Style & Relationships Sternberg’s triangular theory of love consists of three major components; passion, intimacy, and commitment. Passion is best described as that feeling of romance or attraction. The funny feeling a person sometimes experiences deep in his or her stomach that sparks a sexual yearning. Passion is an intense feeling, no matter if it is positive or negative. A person may feel as passionate against abortion as he or she feels toward the person he or she is in a relationship with, the extremes vary greatly, depending on the circumstance. Time and again a person has a love for someone but the relationship lacks passion. On the other hand, a person may be deeply in love with someone and feel a sense of overwhelming passion toward a person. Intimacy can be best described as a deep feeling of trust with a person. The ability to share a person’s deepest secrets with someone else, creating an intense closeness between one another. To know someone on such a level that the person knows what the other will do or say before it is even said or done. Moments of shared intimacy allow people to explore common interests and experiences between themselves and the other person, therefore increasing the bond between the two people. Commitment is not to be taken lightly, as it is primarily the decision to stay with a person for the long term. It is a sense of commitment that will keep people together when the rewards may not be as high. Commitment is when people in the relationship refer to one another as “us” instead of
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