A triangular theory of love.

@article{Sternberg1986ATT,
  title={A triangular theory of love.},
  author={R. Sternberg},
  journal={Psychological Review},
  year={1986},
  volume={93},
  pages={119-135}
}
This article presents a triangular theory of love. According to the theory, love has three components: (a) intimacy, which encompasses the feelings of closeness, connectedness, and bondedness one experiences in loving relationships; (b) passion, which encompasses the drives that lead to romance, physical attraction, and sexual consummation; and (c) decision/commitment, which encompasses, in the short term, the decision that one loves another, and in the long term, the commitment to maintain… Expand

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