Psychologists Defined 7 Types of Love, and Only Few People Experience the Last One

What is love? Philosophers and scientists have been struggling to answer this question for many years. In the 1980s, American psychologist Robert Sternberg developed a 3-component theory of love which includes emotional intimacy, passion, and commitment. According to him, it’s these 3 points that constitute the beautiful feeling that thousands of songs and books are written about. Later, thanks to his theory, Sternberg singled out 7 types of love and we’re going to tell you about them in this article.

We believe that feelings change over time. If you haven’t made it to the seventh type of love yet, you and your partner may just need more time.

1. Infatuation

Psychologists Defined 7 Types of Love, and Only Few People Experience the Last One

This is the period when people barely know each other, yet feel a mutual attraction. In such a relationship, two people often don’t have the faintest idea of whether or not they have anything in common, but they stay together anyway.

According to the psychologist, this infatuation can transform into something more complete over time, but this doesn’t always happen. Many couples don’t get beyond this type of love.

2. Liking

Psychologists Defined 7 Types of Love, and Only Few People Experience the Last One

In such relationships, you can always be yourself. In this type of love, people are usually united by common interests, views on life, and the feeling of being understood. Psychologists believe that such intimacy without passion and commitment will more likely result in friendship than full-fledged love.

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