According to an Instagram graphic that therapist Alyssa Mancao, LCSW, posted, fostering a sense of closeness in any relationship (romantic or otherwise) requires a combination of all four types of intimacy: emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical.
What does intimacy look like in a relationship?
Intimacy involves feelings of emotional closeness and connectedness with another person. Intimate relationships are often characterized by attitudes of mutual trust, caring, and acceptance. Often intimacy with others involves taking emotional risks where people might share personal details and stories.
What types of intimacy are there?
There are four types of intimacy:Experiential Intimacy: When people bond during leisure activities. Emotional Intimacy: When people feel safe sharing their feelings with each other, even uncomfortable ones. Intellectual Intimacy: When people feel comfortable sharing ideas and opinions, even when they disagree.More items