Topic: The Triangular Theory of Love by Psychologist, Robert Sternberg. General Purpose: To Inform.
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience on the “Triangular Theory of Love”, as it is characterized by a triangle in the context of interpersonal relationships, by three parts and in varying combinations of the seven forms of love. Central Idea (Topical Order): The measure of love a person encounters is dependent on the authentic strength of the three components; intimacy, passion and commitment and the kind of love a person encounters, is contingent on their stability comparatively to each other. I. The three components of love and their definitions are:
1. Which is characterized by feelings of bondedness, closeness and connectedness. B. Passion
1. Which is characterized by the drives that lead to physical attraction, romance and
sexual consummation. C. Commitment
1. Short term
a. A decision to stay with one another.
2. Long Term
a. The combined and shared accomplishments and plans made with one another. Now that you understand what the three components of love are, let’s move on and look at how the different stages of love and the seven types of love may be explained as distinct combinations of the three components of love interact to the extent which love and intimacy help people to be happier and healthier. Source # 2- (Dr.Ornish, 1998) laments, “Spiritual heart disease is the real epidemic”, he says, “Loneliness, isolation, social fragmentation and separation are forgotten in our health-care system”. II. Forms of Love
1. Source #3- According to (Dr.Sternberg, 1986), “this type is an intimate liking that
true friendships, in which a person feels bondedness, warmth and
closeness with another but, there is no passion or long-term commitment”. B. Infatuated Love
1. Based on pure passion.
a. Romantic relationships...
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