Intimacy cannot be found in one-way exchanges

Keywords: personal growth, emotional maturity

Ultimately, it’s the cumulative pattern of acceptance or rejection of these bids that makes or breaks relationships, builds or erodes trust, and is the difference between feeling close to or distant from the person in question.

Your intimate relationship with yourself is extremely important and should be nurtured prior to nurturing other relationships

Keywords: philosophy , friendships , intimacy , love , relationships

Intimacy offers a way for humans to connect authentically, and our authentic selves should not be limited to experiencing intimacy with a sole romantic partner. Expecting one relationship to fulfill every type of intimacy we crave is the emotional manifestation of putting all of our intimacy eggs in one basket. Developing intimacy in every relationship we have, beginning with ourselves, can fulfill our needs and desires in a way that doesn’t place responsibility for intimacy solely on our romantic partners.