The relationships (Engel, Olson, & Patrick, 2000). Conscientiousness

The three components of love as proposed by Steinberg bring
together what is understood as the bedrock of a healthy relationship, intimacy,
passion, and commitment (Engel, Olson, & Patrick, 2000). Intimacy deals
with warm feeling of closeness, connection, and bondedness. Passion is
understood as romantic and sexual desire due to physical attraction. The last
component being commitment comprised of short and long term intentions to love
and grow love (Engel, Olson, & Patrick, 2000). With all of these aspects put
into place in a relationship, the connection can grow and blossom into a
healthy long-term relationship. In Engel, Olson, & Patrick’s paper
discussing the components of love; the authors found that conscientiousness
about the relationship was a predictor of love in close opposite-sex
relationships (Engel, Olson, & Patrick, 2000).  Conscientiousness is understood as the
conscious desire to do something well. This was discovered by attempting to
determine what characteristics a person must have that are associated with the
three components of love to allow it to flourish. In this study 126 students
(36 male, 90 female) from psychology classes at the Midwestern American
University took part in the survey-based study. The Sternberg triangle love
scale measures the degree of commitment, intimacy, and passion it was
determined that an individual’s motives and traits when entering the
relationship would e a pre-cursor to the success of the relationship (Engel,
Olson, & Patrick, 2000). The motives that an individual has in their mind
towards others around them will explain how they will in turn see the people in
their relationship. The traits speak as to how the person will behave towards
others showing their motives. If these people are connected to the creation of
the love triangle then their relationship will grow, as one will show who there
are through their traits.

            When it
comes to limitations, the study looked at college students that were in
relationships and tested to see how they viewed others around them and in their
relationship but the study did not look at their partners. This study also did
not look at individuals who were not in relationships; these people would be
able to give insight as to what caused their previous relationship to end. It
would be difficult to determine if they are indeed in a healthy relationship or
they just felt that they were. The sample was only that of undergraduates in
the psychology department and cannot be correlated to the greater population.

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Who is to say that the people studied were not incredibly religious and they
simply did see things differently.