Take me down, take me down to the water I need time Give me time. The old Shenandoah gonna keep me right And hold me like I was forgiven Take me down, and let the beachwood light I need time Give me time.
When we discuss intimacy in a romantic partnership, what usually comes to mind are physical acts, such as holding hands, cuddling, kissing and even sex. Ultimately, emotional intimacy creates a deep sense of security within your relationship and an ability to be wholly yourself — warts and all — without feeling as if you risk the relationship itself. Without this intimacy, a relationship struggles in many ways.
It's not sustainable long-term to have a romantic relationship without emotional intimacy. Fostering emotional intimacy is an ongoing practice and, like many things, may take some time to master. However, there are a few things you can do — starting tonight — to improve the emotional connection you have with your partner.
Though you cannot force another to become vulnerable, you can go out of your way to be vulnerable yourself. A study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that couples reported having a greater emotional connection when they were sexually satisfied.
4 immediate ways to improve emotional intimacy
In that sense, the two are inextricably linked. This is in stark contrast to the beginning of a relationship, when everything we do seems new and exciting, and when we go above and beyond.
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