It is difficult to pin point an exact definition of love. Answers may vary from person to person when asked to define love. And because the topic of love is such a difficult topic Sternberg proposes to us a way to break down the different types of love. Sternberg breaks love down into three parts: Intimacy, Passion, and Commitment. Sternberg explains to us that all couples strive to have all three. This is called complete or consummate love. According to Sternberg, consummate love is a state when a couple share a deep desire on all levels to be with one another, even after many years of being together. This is what we, people who want to be in a relationship, should strive for.
Sternberg also introduces to us the forms of love that does not include all three aspects mentioned above. Friendship, infatuation, and empty love are different forms of love that only has intimacy, passion, and commitment only in that order. Friendship describes a love that has the couple, most likely friends in this context, to feel close. Infatuation is love with only passion. This kind of love tends to be a one-sided relationship. The last, empty love, is a love that only has commitment. This kind of love is most likely seen in an older couple where intimacy and passion are gone and only commitment holds them together.