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Sternberg Triangular Theory Of Love

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When someone reflects on their social relationships in life, they may think about those they love. According to Robert Sternberg and his Triangular Theory, there are seven forms of love, outside of nonlove, that may vary from one relationship to another and even over time in the same relationship. That is, as people go through life, they can connect different components that would then develop into differential expressionsfrom merely being close friendsto loversand enduring life partners. At the basis of one corner is commitmenta, cognitive process involving decision to initiate or maintain relationship. Without any further effort, love is empty; individual has simply declared that a relationship exists. In other corner is passionan, aroused state of positive absorption in another person. This addictive mode of attraction is often present at the beginning, under the arousing lure of physical looks, cognitive charm, or instinctual impulses. By itself, love is infatuation, whereas combining passion and commitment describes fatuous love, like love affair. From here, there are two sides to ascend; both are capped by intimacya, closeness or liking that occur by mutually sharing personal details, feelings, and thoughts, beyond small-talk. This form of self-disclosure ensure reciprocation that deepens emotional connection between friends. On one hand, if deprived of commitment, relationship is one of purely romantic love. And on other, without passion, maturational bond develop into companionate love, truly deep friendship. Over time, both people may contribute to the possibility of equityan with an equal proportion of giving and receiving. Ultimately, with all components presentcommitment, passion, and intimacyconsummate love has a chance to reign, even as some portions can wax and wane. As other prominent psychologists have note, for love to endure any inevitable setbacks, number of positive rewards and interactions must outweigh negative encounters.

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Types of Love

Robert J Sternberg is a renowned psychologist and professor of human development at Cornell University. Over his career, hes developed many ideas about human interaction, and one of the most enduring is the Triangular Theory of Love, developed during his time teaching at Yale. So, what is the Triangular Theory of Love? In a nutshell, its theory says there are three components at the heart of all human relationships: commitment, passion, and intimacy. Take on their own, or put together in different combinations, they form seven different versions of Love. The three most basic versions of Love come from these components take on their own: where theres just commitment, you get Empty Love; where theres nothing but passion, you get Infatuation; and where theres only intimacy, you end up with Liking. As Sternberg put it, these three types of Love form three points of triangle. Three more complex forms of Love form when you start combining different components: commitment mixed with passion forms Fatuous Love; passion combined with intimacy forms Romantic Love, and intimacy plus commitment forms Companionate Love. These are sides of a triangle. Finally, we get to the center of the triangle and the final form of Love: Consummate Love. Form by combining passion, intimacy, and commitment, this is considered by Sternberg to be the ideal form of love, and the key to unlocking a healthy relationship. Interestingly, Sternberg says that Love can still be Consummate, no matter what proportion of each component you have. The important thing is that consummate love relationships need at least an element of commitment and passion and intimacy.

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A Few Final Notes

Sternbergs theory can be helpful in relationships in which one or both partners feel dissatisfied or sense that something is missing. Sometimes couples find it difficult to put their finger on exactly what is causing their feelings of discontent or discord with their partner. If they examine their relationship from the perspective of triangular theory, they may make two important discoveries. First, they may feel encouraged and relieved to find that they are quite strong on one or two of components. This often helps validate their positive feelings for each other and motivates them to work on other areas in relationship. Second, they will be able to identify more specifically aspects of their relationship that may be weak, missing, or in need of work. This, then, will enable them to establish a mutual focus on enhancing and improving the bond between them. Most people in love relationships tend to feel unhappy at times if any one of three componentsintimacy, passion, or commitmentis, weak or missing. You can be in a committed relationship and feel lonely and disconnected if you do not feel that special intimacy with your partner. You can feel angry, frustrated, and betrayed if your relationship lacks commitment. And many couples find themselves dissatisfied and longing for passion that has faded over time from their relationship, although they continue to experience a strong sense of commitment and intimacy. Are you curious about Your Love Triangle? SelfDiscovery: Triangle of Your Love offers you the opportunity to assess where your relationship might fall within Sternbergs theory. Take scale yourself or with your partner, or you and your partner might complete the assessment separately and then discuss your results. One final note about triangular theory: When college students in my human sexuality classes are asked if they feel Sternberg theory has omitted any fundamental components of love relationships, many express that effective communication was at least as important as Intimacy, Passion, and Commitment. Upon further examination and discussion, students concluded that communication was not really a separate component but an inherent part of each of the other three. Without mutually effective communication, they believe that intimacy would never be attain, passion would be less than satisfying, and neither partner would ever be sure of other commitment to relationship. Students contend, therefore, that communication affects all seven types of love described by Sternberg. Figure 4. 2 shows how they decided to revise Sternbergs model. The importance and challenges of effective communication in love relationships will be our next topic of discussion. Add your ratings for each of three sectionsintimacy, passion, and commitmentand write totals in blanks. Divide each score by 15 to get an average scale score or rating. Intimacy score 15 = Intimacy rating. Passion score 15 = Passion rating. Commitment score 15 = Commitment rating.

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