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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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