Psy 220 Week 2 Assignment Essay

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University of Phoenix | Attachment Style and Relationships | PSY/220: Part 1 & Part 2 | | | 11/4/2012 |


Part 1 Sternberg's Theory of Love describes three components that make up different combinations or levels of love that can be shared between two people. The three components are intimacy, passion, and commitment. Intimacy refers to understanding and concern for the other person. This component deals with warm affection and getting to know each other on a deeper level. Passion refers to stronger feelings of emotion,
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Empty love is when you only have the commitment component. These relationships are usually referred to as emotionally "dead", and the commitment is based on things like keeping up appearances, convenience, and financial relief. The last combination called consummate love, includes all three components. This type of love is referred to as "complete love" and is what many people desire. Part 2 An individual's attachment style can affect the types of relationships he or she has a great deal. I agree to a point that an individual's attachment style stems from the relationship they shared with their parents growing up. I always heard the saying "you will end up dating your dad someday" growing up. As I got older, I found the guys I am interested in and most comfortable around, shared similar qualities with my father. I also agree that many of the little quirks about an individual are stemmed from the type of upbringing they had. For example, I am viewed as really outgoing, able to say what's on my mind, and thought to have an energetic personality. Most people claim to understand me better once they meet my parents, primarily my mother. So while I feel one can tie how they view relationships as an adult to childhood experiences, I also feel that experiences you have gained up through your twenties can shape

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