Interpersonal Attraction

Interpersonal attraction, any of a variety of positive attitudes toward another person, can take many forms, including
  • affiliation: wanting to be with another person

  • liking: having a generally positive attitude toward another person

  • friendship: a mutual liking between two people, their wanting to be together

  • love: a process made up of intimacy, passion, and commitment

  • Robert Sternberg proposed a triangular model of love and described three components of love, passion, intimacy, and decision/commitment, which combine to create four types of love.

  • ideal (consummate) love: (difficult to achieve) passion + intimacy + decision/commitment

  • romantic love: intimacy + passion

  • companionate love: intimacy + decision/commitment

  • fatuous love: passion + decision/commitment