A Summary On Sternberg 's ( 1986 ) A Triangular Theory Of Love

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A Summary of Sternberg’s (1986) A Triangular Theory of Love
Purpose
What is love? According to Sternberg, this complex human emotion can be explained and described using the Triangular Theory of Love. The article delves into its components, its replications of tests, and the comparisons to other rival theories. This theory states that are 3 vertices of love: the warmth and closeness of intimacy, the motivational arousals of passion, and the cold and cognitive decision and commitment. The 3 vertices further splits into 8 different kinds of love: non-love, liking, infatuation, empty, romantic, companionate, fatuous and consummate love. Furthermore, the geometry love includes 2 factors: the amount of love and balance of love. The purpose of the article is to explore love in terms of the 3 main components.
Hypotheses
The hypothesis is to understand love, and to add more to the Triangular Theory of Love.
Methodology
The phenomenon of love can be studied through other theories or observations of people. Sternberg and Grajek compared intimacy to 3 models of intelligence by cluster-analytic methods: Spearmanian, Thomsonian, and Thurstonian. They further used Rubin’s scales and Levinger et al. Interpersonal Involvement Scale to collect data from ages 18 to 70 years with a mean of 32 years old residents in southern Connecticut. These include a sample of 35 men and 80 women.
Sternberg compared the Triangular Theory to Berscheid-Walster’s distinction between romantic and companionate…

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