Emotional intimacy is something that all people crave but many have never really learned how to develop. Treating your partner with respect and proving yourself trustworthy and reliable will always be of central importance to developing emotional intimacy. Being genuinely interested in and curious about your partner is also valuable. Just as important, however, is learning to open yourself up to and be vulnerable with your partner. This means expressing yourself on a level you may not be used to, but also means learning to accept yourself.
- Intimacy is not all about sex. Knowledge, understanding and acceptance are contributing factors that create that feeling called love.
- In intimacy, respect and trust are important. With respect comes the feeling that your partner cares and values you. It then makes trust to develop.
- A supportive partner makes life’s problems bearable. This might just involve only listening and understanding, rather than trying to solve the problem.
“As much as we crave emotional intimacy, most people are never taught how to intentionally build it in their relationships.”