Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Hatfield, E. and Rapson, R. L. 2010. Love. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Social psychologists distinguish between two kinds of love: passionate love and companionate love. Passionate love, a potent emotion, is defined as an intense longing for union with the other. It is associated with a confusion of feelings: tenderness and sexuality, elation and pain, anxiety and relief, altruism and jealousy (Hatfield & Rapson, 1993). Companionate love, a cooler emotion, is characterized by affection, intimacy, attachment, and a concern for the welfare of the other (Sternberg, 2006).
- passionate love;
- companionate love;