Intimacy is important because humans are social creatures who thrive on close personal relationships with others. While intimacy connotes images of romantic relationships, it can also occur in close friendships, parent-child relationships, and siblinghood. There are four types of intimacy:
Fear of intimacy can stem from several causes, including certain childhood experiences such as a history of abuse or neglect, but many other experiences and factors may contribute to this fear as well.
Keep your partner’s fear of abandonment, rejection, or engulfment in mind as you think about their words and behaviors.
What happens if your emotional or sexual intimacy is not firing on all cylinders at the moment in your relationship? Does that mean that you don’t share intimacy with one another?
Here are some common blocks:
Are you wondering what your attachment style is? Attachment theory, originated by psychologist John Bowlby in 1968, suggests that there are four major attachment styles: Secure, Dismissive-Avoidant, Anxious-Preoccupied, and Disorganized. Are you wondering how each of these attachment styles affects your romantic relationship, friendship, parenting, and world view? If so, we cover each of these in this video.