Theories of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions


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The evolutionary theory of love asserts that the goal of sexual attraction and emotional attachment is to _____.

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1. Which of the following is a main tenet of the equity theory of love?

2. What is the difference between an anxious-preoccupied and a dismissive-avoidant style of attachment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of theories of love. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the theory which says that sexual attraction and emotional attachment are about insuring survival, as well as identifying the attachment style that distrusts their partners and craves praise.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Theory which says that sexual attraction and attachment have been passed down for survival
  • Idea that people want equivalent input-outcome ratios as their partner's
  • Love theory that concludes relationships with primary caregivers affect future relationships
  • Attachment style that depends on praise and approval and distrusts their partner
  • Style of attachment that has varied feelings about love

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on theories of love
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about love and attachment in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the theory which says that relationships in infancy affect adult relationships
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a style of attachment that has mixed feelings about love

Additional Learning

To learn more about love and relationships, review the accompanying lesson called Theories of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the characteristics of three theories on love: evolutionary, equity, and attachment
  • Explain the evolutionary theory of love
  • Contrast the evolutionary theory of love with the equity theory of love
  • Describe the attachment theory of love and identify four general attachment types