Emotional intimacy is something that most people really want, but many people aren’t ever really taught how to develop or cultivate. Emotional intimacy thrives on respect, trustworthiness and supportiveness. Curiosity, although less obvious, can also be important to getting to really know your partner. You also need to learn how to open yourself up to the other person, which can mean feeling vulnerable, but also requires you to trust and accept yourself and express your feelings more sincerely and deeply than you might be used to.
- The two persons involved in an emotionally intimate relationship need to create a safe space where they can be comfortable in showing their vulnerable sides.
- The safe space needed for this relationship is established with respect and trust. Respect shows your partner you care and makes trust to develop.
- Your partner also needs support in this relationship and this might involve just listening and confirming his or her experience rather than trying to solve the problem.
“The feeling of being emotionally intimate with someone occurs when you believe that a person deeply knows, understands, and accepts you for being who you really are.”