What is love? In the 1980s, American psychologist Robert Sternberg developed the “triangular” theory of love to provide an answer. His theory explains that love is an interaction between 3 things: emotional intimacy, passion, and commitment. From this model, Sternberg later created distinctions between the 7 types of love.
If you find yourself between 2 types of love, remember that these classifications aren’t black and white. Some couples move in and out of the categories and evolve to reach consummate love; others might be perfectly happy living as companions or romantic partners. Achieving a certain type of love might be very important to a couple; others might prefer to take a more laid-back approach. It’s all about personal preference.