Sternberg'S Triangular Theory Of Love

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Sternberg created his triangular theory of love in 1986. The three points of his triangle consist of intimacy, passion and commitment. Sternberg believed that the type and strength of the relationship could be assessed from the degree of presence in the relationship of these 3 points. If all three points are satisfied this is said to be consumate love. This is the strongest and hardest to achieve. There are many interactions between the three points and to explain this Sternberg created the typology of relationships. This explains relationships such as affairs, where passion and intimacy are present however commitment is not present, or a holiday romance where passion alone exists. Sternberg beleived that most people have 2 triangles, one for their current relatonship and one for their ideal relationship, the thinking being that the closer these two triangles are in resemblance the stronger the relationship. In evaluation Sternberg carried out his research used to create the triangular theory of love on students at Yale university. As well as using adult students the majority of his participants were young students. This would heavily bias results as the majority of students will not be interested in the type of relationships that Sternberg was attmepting to research. Students are primarily focused on passionate relationships or sexually orientated short term relationships, an extreme contrast to the consumate ideal Sternberg theorized. Sternberg also failed to use a questionairre when researching for the typology of relationships instead an informal interview was used. This type of research often produces unsure answers and inconcise results. Hazan and Shaver much before Sternberg carried out research with the theory that love itsself was an attatcment process. This theory is more evolutional in its dynamics and as a result is related to Bowelbys theory of

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