Power of Love

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What makes our lives meaningful? A majority of people would say the close relationships we carry in our lives define their meaningful life. We meet a variety of people throughout each day. Sometimes these strangers become friends, sometimes they become romantic relationships, and sometimes they remain strangers. In this paper I will discuss the power of love through attraction, personal bonds, and romance. Many factors impact the type of people we are attracted to. They include physical attractiveness, proximity, reciprocity, and similarity. Research shows that the initial phases of romantic attraction are largely determined by physical appeal (Curran & Ruppel, 2012). People’s perception of their own physical appeal also plays a…show more content…
Loneliness and deprivation effect aspects of our lives negatively, such as our physical and mental health (Hawkley & Cacioppo, 2012). We need frequent contact, fulfilling social connections, and mutual caring to fulfill our need to belong. Statistically death rates are higher for people who are single or divorced (Hawkley & Cacioppo, 2012). In most cases marriage provides our strong need to belong. Marriage can also provide love, but love is a word with a multitude of meanings. To say you love chocolate is very different from saying you love your child. One way to break down love is to put it into a few categories: companionate love, passionate love, and compassionate love (Feenstra, 2011). Companionate love is the type of affection we hold for friends, family, and our marriage. Passionate love involves intense emotional arousal and physical attraction. This strong desire for another person may be the draw into a relationship, which could turn into companionate love. But unlike companionate love, passionate love tends to decline over time. Another type of love is the caregiving type called compassionate love. It is described as a parent child relationship or a long-term friendship. Love can be divided into even more categories. Robert Sternberg created the triangular theory of love which describes three aspects of love: intimacy, passion, and decision/commitment (Feenstra, 2011). How these three combine determines what type of love

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