Types of Love – Creating Characters


Psychologist, Robert Sternberg, developed the Triangular Theory of Love. This shows the type of love you share with another person. The theory is based on three components your relationship can possess.

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The three components are:

  1. Intimacy: This includes feelings of attachment, closeness, trust, and connectedness. Your partner could feel like your best friend. Do you laugh and have fun together?
  2. Passion: This includes the sexual attraction or the physical connection between two people.
  3. Commitment: This includes the decision to stay together, no matter what, and to make plans for the future together.

A relationship based on a single element is less likely to survive than one based on two or three elements. Which romantic relationship do your characters share?

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