June 5, 2008

Intimacy, Fact or Fiction?

The words "Intimacy and Intimate" have been used by a few of my friends and acquaintances, quite a few times over the past six weeks or so, both in what someone is looking for and why a relationship fails. I thought I knew what the words meant, but decided to Google them anyway. Here's a part of what I found:
Definitions of intimacy on the Web:
. Familiarity: close or warm friendship; "the absence of fences created a mysterious intimacy in which no one knew privacy"
. Affair: a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
. Closeness: a feeling of being intimate and belonging together; "their closeness grew as the night wore on".
. The meaning of Intimacy varies from relationship to relationship, and within a given relationship. Intimacy has more to do with shared moments than sexual interactions. Intimate feelings may be connected or confused with sexual arousal.
. Is the basis of friendship and one of the bases of love. It may take several forms. The main ones are emotional intimacy and physical intimacy.
Definitions of intimate on the Web:
. Marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity; "intimate friend"; "intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal ...
. Cozy: having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere; "had a cozy chat"; "a relaxed informal manner"; "an intimate cocktail lounge"; "the small room was cozy and intimate".
. Familiar: having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders".
As I said, I thought I knew what the words meant (and I did for the most part)...
In which context DO YOU?

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