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Chapter 7


intense emotional tie between two individuals, such as an infant and a parent or adult lovers


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.


short-term, loveless sexual liaisons that occur during a brief interval


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.


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.


geographic nearness of one person to another, which is an important factor in interpersonal attraction.


the principle that when we are recipients of expressions of liking or loving, we tend to respond in kind.


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.

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