Steinberg defines love in terms of intimacy, passion, and commitment, which he claims exist in varying levels in different romantic relationships.
Fisher defines love as composed of three stages, attraction, romantic love, and attachment.
Other components commonly agreed to be necessary for love are physical attraction, similarity, An intimate but non-romantic relationship is known as a platonic relationship.
The single defining quality of a romantic relationship is the presence of love. Hazan and Shaver define love, using Ainsworth’s attachment theory, as comprising proximity, emotional support, self-exploration, and separation distress when parted from the loved one.
The strain of internalized homo-negativity and of presenting themselves in line with socially acceptable gender norms can reduce the satisfaction and emotional and health benefits they experience in their relationships.
It is also still considered by many to occupy a place of greater importance among family and social structures. Many older people choose not to marry because of their age, financial and family obligations.
The study of interpersonal relationships involves several branches of the social sciences, including such disciplines as sociology, communication studies, psychology, anthropology, and social work.
Interpersonal skills are vital when trying to develop a relationship with another person.
Cohabiting relationships continue to rise, with many partners considering cohabitation to be nearly as serious as, or a substitute for, marriage.