Attachment Style and Relationships

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Assignment: Attachment Style and Relationships 1 Attachment Style and Relationships Sabrina Armstrong PSY/220 July 18, 2010 Kayce Lee
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Assignment: Attachment Style and Relationships 2 Attachment Style and Relationships Robert Sternberg created his triangular theory of love based on three dimensions: passion, intimacy, and commitment. The first dimension is passion: passion is a major component of love and often reflects attraction, romance, and sexual desire. Passion does feel intense but it does not always last if commitment and intimacy do not follow it. Passion is the drive that leads to romance, physical attraction, sexual consummation, and related phenomena. Passionate arousal tends to occur at the beginning of relationships, peaks relatively quickly and then reduces to a stable level because of habituation. Following relationship termination, an individual’s capacity for passion appears to go negative for a period, as the individual overcomes feelings of loss (Atkins, 2003, para 2, 7). The second dimension is intimacy: intimacy is the feelings of closeness, connectedness, and bonding in loving relationships. Intimacy is different from passion and commitment because it can last without the other two. Intimacy tends to peak slower than passion and then gradually reduces to a relatively low level of manifest intimacy as interpersonal bonding increases. Changes in circumstances, however, tend to activate latent
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Assignment: Attachment Style and Relationships 3 intimacy, which can cause the manifest level of intimacy to return or exceed its earlier peak
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