Psychology of Love

by Elana Garay

Love is a strong feeling of affection for someone or something. We all fall in love which is very natural. Through psychology, love is seen as more than just a powerful feeling. There also have been studies conducted on love such as the triangular theory of love.
“Drawing from previous research, Robert Sternberg proposed the triangular theory of love in a 1986 paper. In this model, all love is composed of three elements: intimacy, passion and commitment. Intimacy involves closeness, caring, and emotional support. Passion refers to states of emotional and physiological arousal. This includes sexual arousal and physical attraction as well as other kinds of intense emotional experiences. Commitment involves a decision to commit to loving the other and trying to maintain that love over time”, stated from Psychology Today.
These are all natural to feel what has been described. As humans, we want to be loved because it is our nature to do so. There are also different types of love. “Using different combinations of these three elements, Sternberg described eight different kinds of love: nonlove (low on all 3 elements), liking (high on intimacy only), infatuated love (passion only), empty love (commitment only), romantic love (intimacy and passion), companionate love (intimacy and commitment), fatuous love (passion and commitment), and consummate love (all three together)”, continues from Psychology Today. When in love, chemicals begin to emerge.
“According to licensed psychologist Dr. Rachel Needle, specific chemical substances such as oxytocin, phenethylamine, and dopamine, have been found to play a role in human experiences and behaviors that are associated with love. They function similar to amphetamine, making us alert, excited, and wanting to bond”, stated from the south university web site. Overall, love is a wonderful feeling.