Love Styles

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Interpersonal relationships are social associations, connections, or affiliations between two or more people. Within these types of relationships comes a romantic aspect that includes six different love styles: eros, ludus, storge, pragma, mania, and agape. These love styles were orginially developed by John Lee in 1973 and then further expanded by Clyde and Susan Hendrick of Texas Tech University throughout the mid 1980’s. All six love styles are significantly different but everyone has experienced atleast one throughout their life. In my case, I’ve experienced all six at one point or another in my life. These models of how people love indicate the different ways of showing affection and or receiving it.
Eros is the love style that you
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Mania is the love style very much like fatal attraction. Manic lovers are extremely possesive and become almost obsessed with their partner. They usually tend to have extremely low self esteem which leads them to basing their life around that person. They feel as if without their partner, they are worthless. Manic lovers are often in need of therapy to help overcome this stage. I have a friend who is the epitome of a manic lover. She gets involved in a relationship and she becomes a different person. She gets extremely jealous about every little thing the person does (which comes from the insecurity) and feels that without that person there is no point to life. Most of her partners end up cheating on or leaving her due to how intense she can really be.Thankfully we have a strong group of friends that have helped her come up from really dark times but it is the same way everytime she gets involved in a relationship.
Agape is the love style of total commitment and self-sacrifice. Agape lovers give everything for their partners and often put their partners needs before their own. They would rather be truly unhappy then have their partner be unhappy. They give all of themselves and lose themselves along the way. There is no “meet me halfway” in this love style, it is most definitely a one way street. I would know because I was an agape lover myself in my second serious
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