Intimacy is a state and feeling of closeness with another person. It usually occurs with a mutual sense of trust and vulnerability formed through shared bonds, experiences, and confidences. Although the word is often used to represent physical intimacy specifically in romantic relationships, physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual intimacy can occur with different intensities in all kinds of relationships. Intimacy is often considered the ultimate level of human connection, where each person can feel equally known and accepted by the other(s). Every type of intimacy requires reciprocal honesty, openness, affirmation, and interpersonal awareness.


The Secret to Desire in a Long-Term Relationship | Esther Perel

In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise.

Intimacy: Trusting Oneself and the Other

In this gentle and compassionate guide, Osho takes his readers step-by-step through what makes people afraid of intimacy, how to encounter those fears and go beyond them, and what they can do to nourish themselves and their relationships to support more openness and trust.

The What and How of True Intimacy

Intimacy. People often confuse it with sex. But people can be sexual without being intimate. One night stands, friends with benefits, or sex without love are examples of purely physical acts with no intimacy involved.

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.


Signs You're Afraid of Intimacy

The Intimacy Struggle: Revised and Expanded for All Adults

The struggle for intimacy is a complex issue, key to the happiness of every man and woman. It goes on for all of us as long as we live. To be intimate is to be close, to be vulnerable, qualities that are very different from the survival skills we learned.

Intimacy: The Art of Relationships

Confusion. Hurt. Silence. Missed opportunity. It is one of the ironies of modern life that many couples today are living together as complete strangers. Or worse, in great unhappiness.

Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.


Better Intimacy for Her, Better Sex for Him & Vice Versa | Amy Color | TEDxStanleyPark

Sex is not intimacy.

Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic

One of the world’s most respected voices on erotic intelligence, Esther Perel offers a bold, provocative new take on intimacy and sex. Mating in Captivity invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.


Romantic Relationships