Kinds Of Love Relationships
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  • 1. Love Relationships
    • 8 Types Based on:
    • I ntimacy
    • P assion
    • C ommitment
  • 2. Non-love
    • The extreme : a casual relationship in which
    • there is neither intimacy, nor passion nor
    • commitment.
  • 3. Liking
    • Liking is what we experience with some
    • friends and acquaintances and involves
    • Only an increase in intimacy.
    • There is no passion or commitment.
    • It is perfectly possible to be committed to a
    • friend and their welfare.
  • 4. Infatuation
    • Infatuation involves passion but neither
    • Intimacy nor commitment.
    • We might become infatuated with some
    • unobtainable person such as a film star or
    • television personality or even the perfectly
    • happy wife or husband of someone round
    • the corner .
  • 5. Empty love
    • An interesting category that involves only
    • decision-commitment, but with no intimacy
    • or passion.
    • Like infatuation, it tends to be in one
    • direction, that is, to be unreciprocated.
    • A relationship based on empty love is hard
    • to imagine.
  • 6. Romantic love
    • Romantic love is what most
    • readily comes to mind when the
    • word love is mentioned. It
    • Involves intimacy and passion but
    • not necessarily any commitment.
    • It is what characterises many
    • short-term romantic encounters,
    • even those that last for only one
    • night.
  • 7. Fatuous love
    • A rather rare type of love relationship.
    • Involves passion and commitment
    • but with no intimacy.
    • Such relationships are probably
    • doomed to failure at some time.
  • 8. Companionate love
    • There is intimacy and commitment but no passion and
    • is, perhaps, the position of many reasonably successful
    • marriages.
    • The passion has gone but the intimacy and commitment
    • remain.
    • Clearly, however, if a relationship started off in this way it
    • would seem as if there were something missing; and there
    • would be.
  • 9. Consummate love
    • This is how many long-term relationships begin or how
    • they develop in the early stages. Some remain like this.
    • Involves all three of intimacy,
    • passion and commitment.