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Physical intimacy is sensual proximity and/or touching.[1] It can be enjoyed by itself and/or be an expression of feelings (such as close friendship, love, and/or sexual attraction) which people have for one another. Examples of physical intimacy include being inside someone's personal space, holding hands, hugging, kissing, caressing, and sexual activity. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Caress is a form of physical intimacy. ... Bus shelter with seats with armrests, designed to deter proximity, as well as sleeping. ... Feelings are most generally INFORMATION that biological beings are capable of sensing in the situations they are in, exposed to or depending on. ... Friendship is a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more humans. ... For other uses, see Love (disambiguation). ... Personal space, an updated form of Edward T. Halls 1966 proxemics, is the region surrounding each person, or that area which a person considers their domain or territory. ... Two or more people voluntarily hold hands for one of the following reasons and purposes: in various rituals: handshake in certain religious services, to pray in various occult rituals to express friendship or love, to enjoy physical contact (not necessarily of erotic character), for emotional support, to guide (a child... This article is about affection. ... For the American rock band, see Kiss (band). ... Physical intimacy is: Physical closeness Touching, especially tenderly Touching intimate parts, outercourse Sexual penetration The list is logically in order of increasing degree, with each form implying the previous one, but of course, it is not necessarily in order of increasing enjoyment. ... This article is about sexual practices (i. ...

The forms of physical intimacy, in order of increasing degree of intimacy (but not necessarily in order of increasing enjoyment), with each form generally including those preceding it, are: physical closeness, touching (especially tenderly), touching intimate parts (including outercourse), and sexual penetration. Download high resolution version (1542x1024, 183 KB)sculpture by Lea Vivot named The Secret Bench of Knowledge in front of LAC BAC in Ottawa I have taken (with my camera) this picture of the sculpture by Lea Vivot which is in front of the Library and Archives Canada (LAC)building... Download high resolution version (1542x1024, 183 KB)sculpture by Lea Vivot named The Secret Bench of Knowledge in front of LAC BAC in Ottawa I have taken (with my camera) this picture of the sculpture by Lea Vivot which is in front of the Library and Archives Canada (LAC)building... Lea Vivot is a Czechoslovakian-born Canadian sculptor. ... The Secret Bench of Knowledge The Secret Bench of Knowledge (formerly Secret Bench, Lost Paradise) is a sculpture created by Canadian artist Lea Vivot. ... Bus shelter with seats with armrests, designed to deter proximity, as well as sleeping. ... This article is about the study of touching behaviour in humans. ... An intimate or private part is a place on the human body. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Frottage. ... Sexual penetration (as opposed to outercourse) typically involves the insertion of the penis into a bodily orifice. ...

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Intimate proximity

"The Proposal" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
"The Proposal" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

It is possible to be physically intimate with someone without actually touching him or her; however, a certain proximity is necessary. For instance, proximity and sustained eye contact is a form of physical intimacy. When a person enters someone else's personal space for the purpose of being intimate, it is physical intimacy, regardless of the lack of actual physical contact. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... William-Adolphe Bouguereau, self-portrait (1886). ... Proximity can be freely translated as closeness. ... Proximity can be freely translated as closeness. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Gaze aversion. ... Personal space, an updated form of Edward T. Halls 1966 proxemics, is the region surrounding each person, or that area which a person considers their domain or territory. ...


The objective of physical closeness can be a mix in various proportions of desired intimacy and practical aspects, such as lack of space, softness, stability (e.g. in a moving vehicle), and keeping warm; e.g. somebody sits on somebody else's lap, or sleeps leaning on somebody else. Physical closeness may also be involuntary, as in a crowded train or elevator. In such cases eye contact tends to be avoided. See also frotteurism and groping. Another form of this kind of closeness is when one goes to a crowded place for entertainment: a bar, disco, pop concert, street festival, etc. For other uses, see Train (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Elevator (disambiguation). ... This article is about a specific paraphilia. ... A sign on a station platform in Osaka, Japan, showing the boarding point for a ladies-only car. ... Singles bar redirects here. ... This article is about the music genre. ... A street musician with accordion in Bremen A performance comprises an event in which generally one group of people (the performer or performers) behave in a particular way for the benefit of another group of people (the viewer or viewers, or audience). ... A festival or fest is an event, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community. ...


Affectionate touching

Virtually any kind of physical touch can be seen as affectionate under the right circumstances, but common examples include:

  • Holding hands
  • Hugging: gently enclosing the arms around the trunk of each other or holding them against you
  • Sitting on or lying against another person; resting one's head on the other's shoulder, lap, breast, etc.
  • Caressing (petting): gently stroking body parts or hair with a hand
  • Tickling
  • Massaging someone's back, legs or feet or other part.
  • Kissing
  • Spooning
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Rubbing or patting someone's belly, mostly for babies
  • Patting the butt or swatting the back or upper arm.
  • Tapping the legs

A personal relationship that does not involve sexual behavior, e.g. friendship, may involve affectionate touching. Friends may avoid physical intimacy to avoid associations with sexuality or emotional intimacy, in order not to appear to be in a sexual relationship. The definition of "sexual" physical intimacy varies greatly. Two or more people voluntarily hold hands for one of the following reasons and purposes: in various rituals: handshake in certain religious services, to pray in various occult rituals to express friendship or love, to enjoy physical contact (not necessarily of erotic character), for emotional support, to guide (a child... This article is about affection. ... Look up ARM in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Petting is the act of a human stroking an animals fur (mostly cats and dogs) for mutual pleasure. ... For the 1968 stage production, see Hair (musical), for the 1979 film, see Hair (film). ... For other uses, see Hand (disambiguation). ... A young girl tickles her sibling, evoking a pleasurable response in the child being tickled. ... Massage in Tarifa, Spain. ... For the American rock band, see Kiss (band). ... It has been suggested that Duration of sexual intercourse be merged into this article or section. ... RUB may stand for Currency code for Russian Ruble Ruhr-Universität Bochum Rich Urban Biker Rub may refer to: the Kuliak languages of Uganda Spices blended together to season and flavor raw pork, beef, chicken, fish, and wild game before grilling. ... Look up pat, Pat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A human infant The word Infant derives from the Latin in-fans, meaning unable to speak. ... Bottom commonly refers to the human buttocks but also has other uses. ... An interpersonal relationship is some relationship or connection between two people. ... An intimate relationship is a interpersonal relationship where there is a great deal of physical or emotional intimacy. ...


The connotations of different kinds of physical intimacy are largely culturally influenced. In western culture hugging is more common among women than men. In other cultures, such as Arab culture, men may hold hands with no implication of sexuality. Many East Asian cultures typically encourage relatively little body contact between friends, acquaintances, and members of the same sex. Even among family members and spouses, traditionally, there are fewer public displays of affection. For other uses, see Arab (disambiguation). ... East Asia Geographic East Asia. ...


Whether a person is wearing clothing or is nude also plays a role. A baby wearing many items of winter clothing: headband, cap, fur-lined coat, shawl and sweater. ... Nude redirects here. ...

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A cuddle party is a party where strangers cuddle, touch, caress, and massage, subject to rules such as no nudity, no hands under clothes, no French kisses and no dry humping or other sex. Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... A Cuddle Party is an event designed with the intention of allowing people to experience non-sexual group physical intimacy through cuddling. ... Nude redirects here. ... For other uses, see French kiss (disambiguation). ... In the context of human sexual behavior, frottage or frotteurism is the act of achieving sexual gratification by rubbing ones (clothed or naked) body against another person. ...


Also a person, especially a child, may caress and hug a doll or stuffed animal. For other uses, see Child (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Doll (disambiguation). ... For preserved dead animals, see taxidermy. ...


In the Roman Catholic rite of the Holy Mass, immediately after the Doxology, the congregation will partake in the Pax or Rite of Peace. In most Western churches, this involves a handshake and the words "Peace be with you." If the other party is someone known to you, a hug may be substituted. Spouses tend to hug and/or kiss each other first before using the traditional handshake and "Peace be with you" for the other surrounding members of the congregation. The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) presiding at the 2005 Easter Vigil Mass in place of the dying Pope John Paul II. Mass is the term used of the celebration of the Eucharist in the Latin rites of the Roman Catholic Church. ... A doxology (from the Greek doxa, glory + logos, word or speaking) is a short hymn of praise to God in various Christian worship services, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, and hymns. ...


Skinship

In Japan and Korea, the term "skinship" is used to describe the intimacy, or closeness, between a mother and a child. Today, the word is generally used for bonding through physical contact, such as holding hands, hugging, or parents washing their child at a bath. The earliest citation of this word appears in Nihon Kokugo Daijiten in 1971.[2] Nihon kokugo daijiten (日本国語大辞典, Tokyo, Shogakukan, 1974) is sometimes translated as The Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Japanese Language. The daijiten is the largest and most authoritative Japanese dictionary for Japanese-literate readers. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ...


The apparent similarity with the English word 'kinship' raises the question whether this word was originally coined as a play on words. Use of the word "skinship" in English publications seems to focus on the notion of sharing a bath naked, an idea known in Japanese as 'hadaka no tsukiai' (裸の付き合い). It is not clear why the meaning has shifted in being borrowed back into English. Kinship is the most basic principle of organizing individuals into social groups, roles, and categories. ...


Other forms of intimacy

Other kinds of intimacy include:

This subject is covered in some depth at Intimacy. ... Look up Emotion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Not to be confused with Pity, Sympathy, or Compassion. ... ... It has been suggested that Duration of sexual intercourse be merged into this article or section. ...

See also

Arthur and Guinevere kiss before all the people. ... One subject often used as a metaphor for physical intimacy, especially to describe the level of intimacy achieved in intimate encounters or relationships, is the game of baseball. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.counsel.ufl.edu/brochure.asp?include=brochures/physical_intimacy.brochure
  2. ^ Skinship. Word Spy (2003-02-05). Retrieved on 2007-07-03.

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External links

  • "American guys embrace the hug" - article at The Arizona Republic
  • Short movie: Biggest European Hug organised by AEGEE-Utrecht
  • NPR: Poet on Call, By Andrei Codrescu commentary on hugs on NPR
  • "Free Hugs Campaign"-Man giving out free Hugs in Sydney, Australia
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