|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
You may be interested to find out more about R.J.Sternberg’s triangular theory of love. There are three basic components to love: intimacy, passion and commitment and the presence of absence of each of these components produces different types of love. Intimacy Passion Commitment Non-love 0 0 0 Liking 1 0 0 Brief Infatuation 0 1 0 Empty love 0 0 1 Romantic love 1 1 0 Companionship 1 0 1 Infatuated love 0 1 1 Consummate love 1 1 1 (1-present, 0-absent) These combinations are described in more detail at http://world.topchoice.com/~psyche/lovetest/combine.html So far as I can tell from your description being ‘in love’ is consummate love involving intimacy, passion and commitment but ‘love’ could be any one of these three depending on the circumstances. The book “The Psychology of Love” was published by Yale University Press in 1988 and edited by Sternberg himself and M.L.Barnes.
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