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Axia College Material

Appendix G

According to Sternberg, a person can experience eight general types of love. In

the following table, a type of love as identified by Sternberg is in the left column.
In the center column, write the combination of components that type of love
demonstrates (intimacy, passion, or commitment). In the right column, fill in the
characteristics for the corresponding type of love.

Type of Love Components Characteristics

Non Love None of the experienced through casual
components of love acquaintances such as
therapists, teachers, neighbors,
Liking Has intimacy, but having close, intimate
neither passion nor friendships with no long-term
commitment. commitment
Infatuation . Has passion, but passionate attraction on sight
neither intimacy nor
Empty Love Has commitment, but lack of emotional warmth or
neither intimacy nor heat of passion where partners
passion. tolerate each other because of
a false sense of duty,
obligation, or fear of change.
Romantic Love Has intimacy and a couple who are emotionally
passion, but no and physically drawn to one
commitment another without the
commitment of a long-term
Companionate Love Has intimacy and a committed friendship and
commitment, but no shared intimacy;
Fatuous Love Has passion and s where passion and
commitment, but no commitment are combined
intimacy. before true intimacy can
Consummate Love Has all three a couple are perfectly matched
components of in passion, intimacy, and
intimacy, passion, commitment, and it is the ideal
and commitment. that most people try to achieve.