Psychology Definitions: Intimacy
Intimacy usually refers to mutual vulnerability in a relationship. We become vulnerable from openness, sharing our innermost secrets (dreams, hurts and fears).
Intimacy is often developed in close, loving relationships such as marriages and friendships. Secure relationships honor vulnerability, cherishing the trust. Less scrupulous partners use vulnerability in manipulative games to gain control.
Healthy intimacy is achieved incrementally, slowly sharing more as in close relationships as trust is given and respected.
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