There are different levels of emotional and sexual intimacy, and a host of reasons for why we need both types. Intimacy does not come naturally, which is one of the main reasons why many men and women in their 20s and 30s struggle and fail in their relationships.
The Power of Intimacy
Intimacy occurs when we each share ourselves with our partner — revealing our feelings of love for our partner, as well as our fears, vulnerabilities, hopes, desires and needs. It's the sharing of feelings that creates intimacy.
While we're of the same species, men and women communicate very differently. Men tend to use language to make a specific point or convey specific information, while women tend to use language to bond to and feel a connection with their partner.
Intimacy does not come from a physical act, but rather from the attitude you bring to one another. Our expert dishes on his hottest tips to your man's favorite bedroom pastimes.
Sex alone cannot provide the fullness of emotional connection needed for healthy relationships. Improving your relationship requires continual emotional growth. Here are seven ways to build that emotional intimacy.
Write some erotica fueled by your partner's sexual fantasies and name the characters in the story your real names. Have sex in a public place. Take naked pictures of each other, separately and together. And more...
Tips for reviving intimacy in a long-term relationship: Resolve to deal with, or put aside resentments, and seek help to do that. Reconnect! Increase touch. Allow tension to build. And more...