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{{Love table}}
 
{{Love table}}
'''Love''' is any of a number of [[emotion]]s and experiences related to a sense of strong [[affection]]<ref name="oxford">''Oxford Illustrated American Dictionary'' (1998) + ''Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary'' (2000)</ref> and [[attachment (psychology)|attachment]]. The word ''[[wikt:en:love|love]]'' can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic [[pleasure]] ("I loved that meal") to intense [[interpersonal attraction]] ("I love my boyfriend"). This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes the concept of love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.
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'''Love''' is any of a number of [[emotion]]s and experiences related to a sense of strong [[affection]]<ref name="oxford">''Oxford Illustrated American Dictionary'' (1998) + ''Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary'' (2000)</ref> and [[attachment (psychology)|attachment]]. The word ''[[wikt:en:love|love]]'' can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic [[pleasure]] ("I loved that meal") to intense [[interpersonal attraction]] ("I love my boyfriend"). This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.
   
 
As an abstract concept, ''love'' usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of [[romance (love)|romantic love]] to the nonsexual emotional closeness of [[familial love|familial]] and [[platonic love]]<ref name="PlatonicSchool">{{cite book |last=Kristeller |first=Paul Oskar |title=Renaissance Thought and the Arts: Collected Essays |publisher=Princeton University |year=1980 |isbn=0-691-02010-8}}</ref> to the profound oneness or devotion of [[love (religious views)|religious love]].<ref name="Gita">{{cite book |last= Mascaró |first=Juan |title=The Bhagavad Gita |publisher=Penguin Classics |year=2003 |isbn=0-140-44918-3}} (J. Mascaró, translator)</ref> Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of [[interpersonal relationship]]s and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the [[creative arts]].
 
As an abstract concept, ''love'' usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of [[romance (love)|romantic love]] to the nonsexual emotional closeness of [[familial love|familial]] and [[platonic love]]<ref name="PlatonicSchool">{{cite book |last=Kristeller |first=Paul Oskar |title=Renaissance Thought and the Arts: Collected Essays |publisher=Princeton University |year=1980 |isbn=0-691-02010-8}}</ref> to the profound oneness or devotion of [[love (religious views)|religious love]].<ref name="Gita">{{cite book |last= Mascaró |first=Juan |title=The Bhagavad Gita |publisher=Penguin Classics |year=2003 |isbn=0-140-44918-3}} (J. Mascaró, translator)</ref> Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of [[interpersonal relationship]]s and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the [[creative arts]].
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===Triangular theory of love===
 
===Triangular theory of love===
[[Image:Love-triangle.jpg|375px|right|Sternburg's Love Triangle]]
 
 
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#'''[[commitment|Decision/Commitment]]''' – which encompasses, in the short term, the decision that one loves another, and in the long term, the commitment to maintain that love.
 
#'''[[commitment|Decision/Commitment]]''' – which encompasses, in the short term, the decision that one loves another, and in the long term, the commitment to maintain that love.
   
The “amount” of love one experiences depends on the absolute strength of these three components; the “kind” of love one experiences depends on their strengths relative to each other. The three components, pictorially labeled on the vertices of a triangle, interact with each other and with the actions they produce and with the actions that produce them so as to form seven different kinds of love experiences:
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The “amount” of love one experiences depends on the absolute strength of these three components; the “kind” of love one experiences depends on their strengths relative to each other. The three components, pictorially labeled on the vertices of a triangle, interact with each other and with the actions they produce and with the actions that produce them so as to form seven different kinds of love experiences:
 
[[Image:Love-triangle.jpg|375px|right|Sternburg's Love Triangle]]
   
 
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