How to Increase Emotional Intimacy and Letting Your Partner Know What You Need

When you think about intimacy, what comes to mind? Sex? Cuddling? The ability to share your vulnerabilities with your partner? Intimacy means all these things and more. For some couples, one aspect of intimacy may be easier than others. It mostly depends on the dynamics of the relationship, the history and experiences of both partners, and how well the couple nurtures the relationship.

Over time intimacy can erode, especially if life stressors get in the way. Work pressures, financial distress, and trust-eroding interactions can cause a painful rift between partners, and intimacy is often the first thing to go. Couples can rebuild intimacy and get their needs met, even if an array of stressful circumstances have gotten in the way.

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Living with Finesse By Dr. Teyhou Smyth

Dr. Teyhou Smyth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115137) and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Education & Psychology.