Sternberg identifies eight types of love, which can be described as different combinations of these three elements..These 8types of love includes;
Non-Love: Neither intimacy, passion, or commitment are present. No connection. Indifference.No strings attached.
Liking/friendship: Intimacy without passion or commitment. Most friendships and friendly acquaintances typically fall into this category.
Infatuated love. Passion without intimacy or commitment. Sometimes referred to as “puppy love” or a crush.However, this evolution doesn’t always happen and this type of love is also known to sometimes spontaneously end and disappear, leaving nothing else in its place.
Empty love. Commitment without passion or intimacy. This can happen in instances when someone is desperate for a long-term commitment for other reasons (marriage, children, financial stability, etc.) but doesn’t actually connect with their partner and forces it.
Romantic love. Passion and intimacy but no commitment. (When this kind of love is also committed, it’s another type — consummate love. See #8 below.)
Companionate love. Intimacy and commitment but with no passion. Certain close friendships (best friends, long-time friends, etc.) fall into this category. This category also includes long-term relationships where passion is no longer present, but the members still feel bonded and connected in other ways. The love someone feels for family members that they’re close to also falls into this category.
Fatuous love. Passion and commitment but no intimacy. Typically this looks like a brief passionate period of New Relationship Energy followed by a serious commitment (marriage, moving in together, etc.) before the people involved have a chance to really get to know one another and bond on a non-passionate level.
Consummate love. Love that includes all three elements: Intimacy, passion, and commitment. This is the idealized romantic love that is shown to us in books and movies. What we’re inculcated from a young age to consider #RelationshipGoals.