I am going through a number of personal events at the moment. I have recently ended a relationship that lasted over half a decade and am beginning a new one. At the same time I am taking a free online lecture course from Yale in psychology. Where do these things intersect? At love. Or, more specifically, what love can be defined as psychologically.
The Love Triangle
Developed by noted psychologist Robert Sternberg, one widely used psychological conception of love used is The Triangular Theory ofLove.
According to Sternburg, any permutation of love contains at its root three components. They are:
- Intimacy: Feelings of attachment, closeness, typified by sharing secrets, etc.
- Passion: Feelings of sexual and romantic attraction.
- Commitment: A willingness in the short-term to create and maintain a relationship and long-term plans to sustain the relationship.
Of course, a “perfect” relationship in…
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