How has psychological theory categorised the different types of love? What taxonomies of love are most accepted or useful in psychology?

EDIT: I went through Triangular theory of love. Are there any other theories like this out there?


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Sternberg's Triangular theory is certainly well-known. The field you want to dig into more is called 'close relationships'. Here's an accessible treatment of other common theories:

Summary of psychological theories of love https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-love-and-war/201208/love-decoded

This gives a good theoretical overview using many different approaches:

More abstract positioning of theories of relationships and attachment with relation to other fields http://www.wwnorton.com/college/psych/intimate-relationships/ch/03/summary.aspx

Here's another I learned about in grad school:

Bem - Exotic Becomes Erotic: Interpreting the Biological Correlates of Sexual Orientation http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1002050303320

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    $\begingroup$ Can you please provide a brief rundown of what you will find when clicking the links? This is in case the links break at a later date. Also, when linking journal articles, it is often best to link using the doi link as doi links rarely break in comparison to others. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 5:38

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