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Enhance Your Relationship with Emotional Intimacy: Key to a Healthier, Happier Life
What Is Emotional Intimacy?
When you hear the word "intimacy," chances are you might think of touch, kissing, hugging, and sex. And you would be right if you were thinking about physical intimacy. But intimacy is a whole lot more than just the physical aspects.
When we are talking about emotional intimacy, it's when two people connect on a deeper level than words alone. This connection makes the experience of intimacy stronger and more powerful. As human beings, we seek emotional intimacy. We crave closeness and connection.
Emotional intimacy is a feeling of deep and enduring emotional bonds between two individuals. Deep, intimate connections require communication, openness, honesty, vulnerability, and mutual trust.
It is a crucial ingredient in all long-term, mutually satisfying relationships. It is the basis of trust, friendship, and love. Intimacy in a relationship creates the kind of closeness and comfort that can help us cope with the ups and downs of life.
How To Build Emotional Intimacy In a Relationship?Indeed, this is a broad topic, and it is impossible to give a specific fits-all-situations answer. But there are some key pillars you can focus on when building emotional intimacy.
Build on an Emotional ConnectionEmotional intimacy is built over time, and it happens when couples feel safe enough to be vulnerable to each other. You can help this happen by being open and honest with each other.
There are no shortcuts to building intimacy, but playing the Life Conversations can come close!
Let Go of JudgmentOne of the main enemies of building strong emotional intimacy is prejudice (i.e., being judgemental). By being judgemental, we focus on the bad and often miss our partners' good and excellent qualities.
Accept and Embrace Differences
Be Attentive and Responsive
Now that you know you should embrace your differences, the next step is to learn to listen, and become more attentive and responsive.
Take Care of Each OtherEmotional intimacy is like oxygen; it is required for survival. If you aren't emotionally intimate, your relationship will suffer. It doesn't matter if you have been married for 5 or 20 years.
Be ThereIf you want your relationship to thrive and reach its fullest potential, there is no better time than now to develop a habit of checking in with your person frequently.
Show CompassionOne of the ways you can increase your emotional connection with your partner is to show compassion towards them. The more you treat your partner with kindness, the easier it is to connect on a more authentic level.
Celebrate SuccessThis might be the most straightforward suggestion when your relationship is going strong. But when the relationship has become sour, celebrating your partner might be a challenging task.