Consider Sternberg’s theory of love.
He described nine different types of love. His ultimate form of love is consummate love. Is anything missing in his definition of consumate love to make a really good partner love relationship last?
Has he missed any major type of love or characteristics of good partner relationships that you know of that exists in the real world? This would include types of love that are important in life but not necessarily partner love. It would also include characteristics of partner relationships that are necessary to make them last. Do not assume that any characteristics of partnership love are automatically subsumed under the types of love Sternberg lists, e.g., respect is not automatically subsumed under anything else he lists.
(Tip: Sternberg’s types of love seem to be based on Commitment, Passion and Intimacy. Sternberg describes consummate love as the combination of intimacy, passion, and commitment (Meyers, 2012). In some ways a great partner love relationship could last with these three components, however, without a strong, , communication between the partners the relationship will not be successful. Feelings based on lust or in the moment emotion could result only in infatuation, passion, and not a fatuous love therefore not progressing through Sternberg’s triangle of love (Meyers, 2012).
True key ingredients for a lasting love relationship between partners include disclosure reciprocitythose couples who truly know each other will have a love that can endure anything (Meyers, 2012).
2. Why did no one come to Kitty Genovese’s aid when she was brutally raped in front of dozens of her neighbors?