Intimacy is a close and effective connection with another person. Research shows that intimate relationships are essential not only to an individual’s psychological health but to their physical health, as well. While sexual intimacy may be the first that comes to mind, there are other types of intimacy that are necessary for the development of healthy connections with others.

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1. Intimacy types

Most psychology professionals, scholars, and researchers identify intimacy as one of four types: physical, emotional, cognitive, and experiential. However, studies show that these types change from one social stage to another, which may have positive or negative impacts on the relationship and the individuals. As society changes over time, so do people’s expectations and definitions of what each type of intimacy entails.

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