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 passage from immature to mature monogamy is not only a journey of ripening intimacy with a partner but also a journey into and through zones of ourselves that may be very difficult to accept and integrate with the rest of our being.
Passionate Marriage has long been recognized as the pioneering book on intimate human relationships. Now with a new preface by the author, this updated edition explores the ways we can keep passion alive and even reach the height of sexual and emotional fulfillment later in life.