What draws us so strongly to some people and repels us from others? What makes some relationships work so smoothly and others burst into flames? In this groundbreaking work, Robert Sternberg gives us new answers to these questions by showing that the kind of relationship we create depends on the kind of love stories we carry inside us. Drawing on extensive research and fascinating examples of real couples, Sternberg identifies 26 types of love story -- including the fantasy story, the business story, the collector story, the horror story, and many others -- each with its distinctive advantages and pitfalls, and many of which are clashingly incompatible. A research-based quiz accompanies each story so that readers can ascertain the extent to which a given story is relevant to their lives, and if they wish, those of their partners as well.