Concept Of Human Intimacy

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In Cox and Demmitt’s "Human Intimacy: Marriage, the Family, and It’s Meaning," they introduce the reader to the concept that an intimate relationship is one that experiences intense intellectual, emotional, and (when appropriate) physical communion with another human being (p.42). Intimacy is often defined as arising from a close acquaintance, association, or familiarity. This definition would describe the relationship I have with my wife, Holly. We share just about everything that goes on in our lives and know each other like the back of our hands. After 12 years together we can tell each other 's mood by the body language we are using. There are many explanations why some people are attracted to each other and form relationships, some of these reasons are; personality, physical traits, intellectual stimulation, common interests or backgrounds, and acceptance of differences. Initial attraction, of course, does not guarantee that comradeship or intimacy will ensue.
Building Intimacy
Intimacy is a connection that builds between two people over time. Humans are not hardwired at birth with a positive self-image or positive socialization skills, we must work on these skills and employ them when interacting with others. We will not have an intimate relationship with every person we meet, and possibly not every person in our family. Intimacy is built on a foundation of commonalities, and shared values, it is strengthened with shared feelings and trust. I believe that the
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