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Forms of Love

These forms based on triangular theory of Love

Combinations of intimacy, passion and commitment forms seven different kinds of love experiences (Nonlove is not represented).
These are:

* Nonlove *
Nonlove is the absence of all three of sternberg's components of love.

* Liking or friendship *
In this case is not used in a trivial sense. Sternberg says that this intimate liking characterizes true friendships, in which a person feels a bondedness, a warmth, and a closeness with another but not intense passion or long-term commitment.

* Infatuated love *
Infatuated love is often what is felt as "love at first sight." But without the intimacy and the commitment components of love, infatuated love may disappear suddenly.

* Empty Love *
sometimes, a stronger love deteriorates into empty love, in which the commitment remains, but the intimacy and passion have died. In cultures in which arranged marriages are common, relationships often begin as empty love and develop into one of the other forms with the passing of time.

* Romantic Love *

Romantic lovers are bonded emotionally (as in liking) and physically through passionate arousal.

¤ Companionate Love ¤
companionate love is often found in marriages in which the passion has gone out of the relationship, but a deep affection and commitment remain. Companionate love is generally a personal relation you build with somebody you share your life with, but with No sexual or physical desire.
It is stronger than friendship because of the extra element of commitment. The love Ideally shared between family members is a form of companionate love, as is the love between deep friends or those who spend a lot of time together in any asexual but friendly relationship.

* Fatuous Love *
fatuous love can be exemplified by a whirlwind courtship and marriage in which a commitment is motivated largely by passion, without the stabilizing influence of intimacy.

* Consummate Love *
consummate love is the complete form of love, representing the Ideal relationship toward which many people strive.
Of the seven varieties of love, consummate love is theorized to be that love associated with the "perfect couple."
According to sternberg, such couple will continue to have great sex fifteen years or more into the relationship, they cannot Imagine themselves happy over the long term with anyone else, they weather their few storms gracefully, and each delight in the relationship with each other.

However, sternberg cautions that maintaining a consummate love may be even Harder than achieving it. He stresses the Importance of translating the components of love into action. Thus, consummate love may not be permanent. If passion is lost over time, it may change into companionate love.

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auther- psychologist robert sternberg

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