Sternberg’s Triangular Theory and the 8 Types of Love

Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love posits three types of love, passionate, companionate, and self-sufficient. The first two types are based on the intensity of the emotions felt, while the third type is based on the level of dependency and needs between the individuals involved. Each type of love has unique characteristics that can make relationships flourish or fail. Here are the eight types of love based on Sternberg’s theory:

1. Passionate love is based on strong emotions and is typically characterized by intense passion and high attraction. It is often physical and involves a lot of intensity.

2. Companionate love is based on friendship and cooperation. It is based on mutual respect and shared activities.

3. Self-sufficient love is based on a need for independence and self-reliance. Therefore, it is often less intense than the other two types of love and is less likely to involve physical intimacy.

4. Reciprocated love is based on mutual appreciation and respect. As a result, both partners feel happy and satisfied with the relationship.

5. Unrequited love is based on feelings of rejection and unfulfilled longing. It is difficult to build and often leads to heartache.

6. Dominant love is based on power and control. One partner feels dominated and controlled by the other.

7. Submissive love is based on submission and obedience. Therefore, one partner feels submissive and powerless.

8. Mixed or complementary love combines two or more of the above types of love. It is usually a healthy and happy mix.

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