An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves physical and/or emotional intimacy.
Physical intimacy is characterized by friendship, platonic love, romantic love, or sexual activity.
Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together.
It is a familiar and very close affective connection with another as a result of a bond that is formed through knowledge and experience of the other.
Two characteristics that children reported as least important included wealth and religion.From a center of self-knowledge and self differentiation, intimate behavior joins family members and close friends as well as those in love.It evolves through reciprocal self-disclosure and candor.Intimate conversations become the basis for "confidences" (secret knowledge) that bind people together.To sustain intimacy for any length of time requires well-developed emotional and interpersonal awareness.