Love is mother of all emotions.It is very hard for each of us to survive in the society without love in other words LOVE is necessary to live fit as a fiddle . According to Psychologists there are eight types of love , in order to understand the types of love I am first elucidating on the TRIANGULAR THEORY OF LOVE. TRIANGULAR THEORY OF LOVE is developed by Robert Sternberg in 1986. According to this theory there are three basic components in love between couples . These are Intimacy , Passion & Commitment.These components in various combinations give rise to seven types of love. Robert Sternberg also suggested there is is an eighth type of love in which all three components of love are missing.
1)NON LOVE :
This is a type of love in which all the three component of love ie Intimacy , Passion & Commitment are missing . Casual Interaction that constitute the large majority of our personal relationships fit this category of love .
2) LIKING :
This is when a person experiences only the INTIMACY component of love & the other two components of love are missing .This type of love is more than Non Love & characterizes friendships. Friends experience feelings of closeness & warmth toward each other but not intense passion or long term commitment.
Also called as LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT . The individual experience only Passion & there is no intimacy & commitment. Often it is difficult to distinguish between infatuation & true romantic love. Diagnosis is only possible when Infatuation has worn off.
4) EMPTY LOVE :
This type of love involves the decision that one person loves another & is committed to that love , both the Intimacy & Passion components of love are missing . This type of love is seen in marriages that have endured but are stagnant .
5) ROMANTIC LOVE :
This type of love involves Intimacy & passion but there is no Commitment .
6) FATUOUS LOVE :
This type of love results from the combination of Passion & Commitment component of love & there is no Intimacy..It is a kind of love sometimes associated with " whirl wind courtship " in which couple meet , get engaged & are married all within a few weeks. Fatuous love is a high risk for termination of relationship.
7)COMPANIONATE LOVE :
This type of love is a combination of Intimacy & Commitment & the Passion component of love is missing. This kind of love is seen between the couples who were very committed friends for long time &later they tied a knot.
This is a complete love. In this type of love all the three components of love are present ie. Intimacy , Passion & Commitment. Thus it is very necessary for each of us to understand love so that we can distinguish between the various types of love & this will help us to make better relations with people & thereby we can reduce mental stress .