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Intimate Relationships

Intimacy rates highest in a long-term relationship
What is it, and how can you have more intimate relationships?

If you google What are the characteristics of intimate relationships? (google), you find different people group intimacy characteristics differently:
  • Physical and emotional intimacy
  • Intimacy involves feelings of emotional closeness and connectedness with another person. Intimate relationships are often characterized by attitudes of mutual trust, caring, and acceptance.
  • A healthy functional intimate relationship is based on equality and respect, not power and control. Think about how you treat (and want to be treated by) someone you care about.
  • Emotional intimacy Emotional intimacy involves candid, authentic sharing of thoughts and feelings. ...
    Intellectual intimacy ...
    Experiential intimacy ...
    Spiritual intimacy
  • Broadly speaking, intimacy means deeply knowing someone, while also feeling deeply known yourself. It is something humans crave, and though at times, it may seem more difficult for men to express it, that doesn't mean they don't need or want it.
  • Physical intimacy is about touch and closeness between bodies. In a romantic relationship, it might include holding hands, cuddling, kissing, and sex. Your relationship doesn't have to be sexual or romantic to have physical intimacy.
  • Intimacy means allowing yourself to be honest and vulnerable. To be in an intimate relationship, you have to allow yourself to be fully seen for all that you are and declare to your partner, "This is the truth about who I am and who I want to become."

Resources for intimacy:


See also The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (amazon). The Secret to Love that Lasts [January 1, 2015].

Also see his earlier book: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (amazon) How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate [Jun 30, 2009].

Thank YOU for reading this!

By David Morgan

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