Types of Romantic Relationships

Attraction – Closeness – Commitment

One way to look at relationships is to look at three characteristics that can combine in different ways. A crush or infatuation would have the exciting attraction without the closeness or commitment – although closeness and commitment can grow over time.

Closeness and commitment without the exciting attraction would characterize close or best friends. Of course, a best friend relationship can evolve into a romantic relationship.

Romantic love includes all three characteristics.