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Emotional intimacy is something we all need, but not always something that comes naturally to us. It can take a lot of courage to share your vulnerabilities, even with somebody you trust. If we don’t have a lot of experience letting people into our internal worlds, the prospect of letting our guard down can be daunting. If we have a history of negative experiences with intimacy, it can make it hard to trust again. If we are going through a big life transition like grief, marriage, or pregnancy, many couples allow their emotional intimacy to fall to the wayside. But there is more to emotional intimacy than exposed vulnerability and the potential for harm. Unlocking your emotional intimacy allows your trust to blossom into something that feels comfortable and reliable rather than a source of anxiety. Through building your emotional intimacy toolkit, you can build a strong foundation for your relationships.
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou
Emotional intimacy is the closeness that arises between individuals who feel comfortable and secure with one another. Like wildflowers in your garden, it cannot be forced, but it can be encouraged and tended to.
“The opposite of loneliness is not togetherness, it’s intimacy.” – Richard Bach
Emotional intimacy can mean different things for different individuals. What works specifically for one couple might not work for every couple, but these are some good general guideposts for growing the intimacy in your relationships. One might show and feel emotional intimacy through:
If emotional intimacy is something you’re trying to unlock, develop, or rebuild, you have quite a few options. Actually putting these into practice can be difficult, especially if emotional intimacy is unfamiliar to you or your partner. But when you put the effort in, give unconditionally, and find the right guide, it can transform your relationship for the better.
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Sunny Ebsary is an educator, multi-modal artist, and writer specializing in the intersection of myth and mental health. Sunny’s writing walks the line between poetic and logical, giving readers a chance to interface with the mind and imagination. Sunny’s been putting pen to paper since he was a child, writing everything from albums, novels, and plays, to essays, interactive games, and of course, many articles! While studying both psychology and writing, he realized his real passion in life was helping others unlock their creative spark. Whether he’s leading a D&D game, directing a production, or diving deep into the brain, you can be sure Sunny will be ushering you toward finding meaning in your life.
August 31, 2023
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