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INTIMACY Developing and Experiencing Affectionate Bonds
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Topical Outline Defining Intimacy Gender Differences Impact of Socialization on Intimacy Need for Intimacy Dimensions of Intimacy Barriers to Intimacy
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Defining Intimacy…. the intense affection for, commitment to, and sharing of intellectual, physical and emotional connections with another person a reciprocal trust between the partners, emotional closeness, and comfortable levels of disclosure in which partners can openly share their thoughts/feelings
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Defining Intimacy…. An interpersonal process that involves the expression and sharing of emotions, communication of personal feelings and information, development of shared affection, support, and feeling closely connected with another person (Wagner-Raphael, Seal, & Ehrhardt, 2001)
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Two Types of Intimacy Sexual intimacy Psychic intimacy
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The consequences of love would be more positive if love were the responsibility of men as well as women and if love were defined more broadly to include instrumental help as well as emotional expression.” (Cancian, 1985)
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