WHAT ARE THE LOVE AND INTIMACY IN MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Two types
of love are acknowledged:

  1. Passionate love

This is a
deeply emotional and all-consuming form
of love that
involves high levels
of physiological arousal and yearning for the partner. Sexual feelings are intense and thoughts of
the other frequently pervade consciousness.

2-Companionate love

This
involves affection and caring, and deep levels of commitment to being there for
the other. It is more stable than
passionate love which can evolve into companionate love further down the track.

Sternberg,
1988, proposed a triangular model of love in which passion, intimacy,
and commitment are all components.
This overcomes the problem of companionate and passionate love being
viewed as categories rather than dimensions of relationships.

According
to this model, ‘consummate love’ which incorporates high levels of all 3
components is the most satisfying. It is
also the most difficult to attain, more difficult to maintain, and is the best
foundation for a…

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