2. Assignment: Attachment Style and Relationships Essay

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2. Assignment: Attachment Style and Relationships

Robert Sternberg created his triangular theory of love based on three dimensions: passion, intimacy, and commitment. The degree to which a relationship demonstrates these three dimensions determines the type of love relationship. People begin love relationships with those who care for them as children. These early relationships can have a great effect on their adult relationships.

• Write a 350- to 700-word response summarizing the three dimensions of love and how they interrelate to identify a specific type of love relationship.
• Review the First Attachment exercise on pp. 22–23 of the textbook.
• Write a 700- to 1,050-word response explaining how you believe an individual’s
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There are seven different types of relationships that you can have; liking, infatuated love, romantic love, empty love, companionate love, fatuous love, and consummate love. You either have a high or low level of passion, intimacy, and commitment. Consummate love is basically the model relationship and has a high level of each component. This is the kind of relationship that people strive for and search for but is not always found. The liking relationship has a low level of passion and commitment but a high level of intimacy. Empty love has a low level of passion and intimacy, but a high level of commitment. With the empty relationship the couple has no romantic feeling, or feelings or closeness; they are just in a commitment relationship. Companion love is pretty common because the type of relationship has a low level of passion, with high levels of intimacy and commitment. This is seen in many marriages because the passion between them has begun to fade. As you can see each type of relationship has a different combination of components.

Attachment is something every person experiences very early in life. When we are babies we depend on adults (most often parents) for basic needs. There are often debates on whether our attachments depend on nature or nurture. Nature is our inherent tendency to bond with a person, whereas nurture is the responsiveness of our caregivers as children. Just as with relationships there are also three different

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