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Love and Attraction

Love and attraction play an important role in interpersonal relationships. Find more information about theories and types of love and attraction.

Reader Questions About the Psychology of Love
Learn the answers to some of the top questions about love from our readers.

What Is Love?
While love is the focus of poems, books, movies and art, it has only recently become the subject of scientific research. What is love? Learn more about some of the major definitions of love.

Compassionate and Passionate Love
Psychologist Elaine Hatfield suggested that their are two types of love: compassionate love and passionate love. Learn more about these two different types of love.

Attachment Theory
Attachment theory was initially described by psychologist John Bowlby and later expanded by researchers such as Mary Ainsworth. Learn more in this overview of attachment theory.

Theories of Love
Why do we fall in of love? Psychologists have proposed a number of theories to explain and describe love. Learn about some of the major theories of love.

Rubin's Scales of Liking and Loving
Social psychologist Zick Rubin developed a scale to measure certain attributes of love. Learn more about Rubin's scales of liking and loving.

Attachment Styles - Types of Attachment
John Bowlby described attachment as an emotional bond that impacts behavior “from the cradle to the grave.” Learn more about the styles of attachment described by researchers and the role attachment style plays in behavior and relationships.

Quiz - What's Your Romantic Attachment Style?
Research has shown that our attachment style can have an impact on our romantic relationships. What is your romantic attachment style? Take this quiz to learn more.

What Is An Affectional Bond?
Psychologist John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth described affectional bonds as part of their influential attachment theory. Learn more about affectional bonds.

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