Attachment Style and Relationships Analytical Essay

Attachment Style and Relationships
A look at different types of love and attachment.
# 149253 | 990 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2011 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (General)

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This paper examines love and attachment theory from a psychological perspective, pointing out health and unhealthy patterns. First, the paper notes Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love, which views love as having three dimensions: passion, intimacy, and commitment. The different types of love are defined and described. Next, the paper considers the different facets of attachment theory, which are cited and elaborated upon. The paper concludes by noting how one's style of attachment may impact significant relationships throughout life.


Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love
Attachment Style

From the Paper:

"The first type of love is what Sternberg called non love, which is characterized by casual interactions or acquaintances that do not involve any elements of love. Most personal relationships are of this type. The second type of love is liking. This type of love is characterized by true friendships without passion or long term commitment, but does involve intimacy. The third type of love is infatuation, and its characteristics are passionate, obsessive love at first sight without intimacy or commitment. The fourth is empty love, which consists only of a commitment to remain together without intimacy or passion. The fifth type of love is romantic love, which is characterized by intimacy and passion. An example of this type of love would be lovers physically and emotionally attracted to each other, but without commitment, as in a summer romance. The sixth type of love is companionate love, which consists of intimacy and commitment. It is a long term committed friendship, such as a marriage in which the passion has faded. The seventh type of love is fatuous love, which is a commitment based on passion but without time for intimacy to develop."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Myers, 2002. Pursuing Human Strengths: A Positive Psychology Guide. Ch. 1

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