Current Issues Essay

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STERNBERG’S TRIANGULAR THEORY OF LOVE Do not be confused with love triangle COMPONENTS OF RELATIONSHIPS 1. INTIMACY = feelings of closeness and connection. Feelings of attachment COMPONENTS OF RELATIONSHIPS 2. PASSION = physical attraction and sexual attraction. The drives that lead to romance. Involves a high degree of physical arousal and an intense desire to be with the loved one. Passion develops rapidly and then slows down COMPONENTS OF RELATIONSHIPS 3. COMMITMENT = a decision that one cares for another and wishes to maintain a relationship. 8 POSSIBLE LOVE RELATIONSHIPS Different stages and types of love can be explained as different combinations of these three elements. 1. Nonlove: The absence of all three components. Example: a large majority of our relationships Casual interactions 2. Liking: Feelings experienced in true friendship. Liking includes such things as closeness and warmth but not the intense feelings of passion Example: best friends 3. Infatuation: often felt : LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. It involves a high degree of physiological arousal. Absence of intimacy and commitment Example: Boy/girl crush 4. Empty love: Commitment without intimacy or passion. They used to be passionate but it died out. Example: 30 years married… They stay together because of commitment 5. Romantic love: More than infatuation liking with the added excitement of physical attraction but without commitment Example: 2nd semester love affair 6. Fatuous love: Commitment is largely motivated by passion This type of love rarely works. The emotional core is missing which is necessary to sustain the intimacy. Example: Whirlwind marriage of Kris Aquino & James Yap 7. Companionate love: Intimacy plus commitment Passion has gone out of the relationship It’s a long-term

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