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Intimacy is complex in that its meaning varies from relationship to relationship, and within a given relationship over time. In some relationships, intimacy is entwined with sex and feelings of closeness may be connected or confused with sexual feelings. In other relationships, intimacy has more to do with shared moments than sexual interactions. In any case, intimacy is linked with feelings of closeness among partners in a relationship. See: relational model personal relationship mathematical relationship, including: inverse relationship direct relationship relation (mathematics). ... Look up Sex in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


This is not a precise definition but even without a being specific, it seems that intimacy and healthy relationships go hand in hand. Indeed, intimacy is a basic ingredient in any meaningful relationship: the basis of friendship and one of the foundations of love. Friendship is a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, and affection. ... A cartoonish version of the heart, a frequent modern symbol of love. ...


The main forms of intimacy are emotional intimacy and physical intimacy. Intellectual intimacy, familiarity with a person's culture and interests, is common among friends. Members of religious or philosophic groups may also perceive a "spiritual intimacy" in their commonality. Emotional intimacy is a dimension of interpersonal intimacy which varies in degree, much like Physical intimacy. ... Physical intimacy is informal proximity and/or touching, usually between two persons, where their positioning and/or touching is an expression or result of intimate feelings (such as close friendship, love, and/or sexual attraction) which they have for each other. ...


Intimacy can also be identified as knowing someone in depth, knowing many different aspects of a person or knowing how they would respond in different situations, because of the many experiences you've had with them.


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Intimacy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (249 words)
Intimacy is complex in that its meaning varies from relationship to relationship, and within a given relationship over time.
In some relationships, intimacy is entwined with sex and feelings of closeness may be connected or confused with sexual feelings.
Indeed, intimacy is a basic ingredient in any meaningful relationship: the basis of friendship and one of the foundations of love.
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