If you hear the word intimacy, most people have an instant association with sex–that if you’re talking about intimacy, then you’re talking about sex. But that’s not the case. Intimacy and sex and two different things.
Intimacy is described by Mariana Bockarova, Ph.D., as something that has seven elements. Those seven elements include things like care, trust, and commitment.
Basically, intimacy is an emotional closeness, an emotional connection, in which each person cares for and is committed to both that connection and the happiness of the other person.
Sex is, well, sex. It’s a physical connection, a physical act. Emotional closeness is not required to for humans to have sex.… Read the rest