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Love & Communication in Relationships

Chapter 7
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attachment
intense emotional tie between two individuals, such as an infant and a parent or adult lovers
commitment
the thinking component of Sternberg's triangular love theory
companionate love
type of love characterized by friendly affection and deep attachment based on extensive familiarity with the loved one
either/or question
question that allows a statement of preference
friends with benefits relationships
sexual interaction between friends who don't define their relationship as romantic
giving permission
providing reassurance to one's partner that it is okay to talk about specific needs of feelings.
hook-ups
short-term, loveless sexual liaisons that occur during a brief interval
intimacy
the emotional component of Sternberg's theory
mere exposure effect
a phenomenon in which repeated exposure to novel stimuli tends to increase an individual's liking for such stimuli
mutual empathy
the underlying knowledge that each partner in a relationship cares for the other and knows that the care is reciprocated
open-ended question
allows a respondent to share any feelings or info they think is relevant.
passion
the motivational component of Sternberg's theory
passionate love
state of extreme absorption in another person. Also known as romantic love.
physical attractiveness
Physical beauty, which is a powerful factor in attracting lovers to each other.
proximity
geographic nearness of one person to another, which is an important factor in interpersonal attraction.
reciprocity
the principle that when we are recipients of expressions of liking or loving, we tend to respond in kind.
similarity
the similarity of beliefs, interests, and values, which is a factor in attracting people to one another.
yes/no question
question that asks for a 1-word answer (yes or no) and thus provides little opportunity for discussing an issue.