Love Triangle: Measuring Love Scientifically

Love Triangle

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Robert J Sternberg is a Professor of Human Development at Cornell University. And, it’s entirely possible that loves led him to his career. After all, he has developed more than one theory about the phenomenon. One of those was the love triangle.

What Is a Love Triangle?

No, it has nothing to do with a messy trio of divided love. Professor Sternberg suggested that love needs three different components to be successful. These include intimacy, passion and commitment. And certainly that does sound like a recipe for success.

The argument went further to say that a relationship based on only one side of this love triangle would not survive. Well, they could but it would be rather hollow. Those with two sides had a better chance, but they weren’t exactly a complete love. He suggested that a relationship with intimacy and passion would yield romantic love whereas one with intimacy and commitment would establish a compassionate love. All three sides of this love triangle form total love.

Professor Sternberg performed empirical tests on his theories and published the results widely. But with time, he wondered how relationships that boast all three sides of this love triangle got to this point. After all, no couple is likely to have all three factors in play at the beginning of their relationship. These components build on each other over time.

From the transformation of his love triangle theories, Sternberg has developed a new concept – that of love stories based on the development of relationships over time. And through these ideas, he began to look at his own life – and managed to find his own true and complete love.

If you want to read more of Professor Sternberg’s love triangle theory and the love story addendum, swing over to The Huffington Post for more information.

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