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.