An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves physical or emotional intimacy.
Physical intimacy is characterized by friendship, platonic love, romantic love, or sexual activity.
While the term intimate relationship commonly implies the inclusion of a sexual relationship, the term is also used as a euphemism for a relationship that is strictly sexual.
Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience.
In anthropological research, intimacy is considered the product of a successful seduction, a process of rapport building that enables parties to confidently disclose previously hidden thoughts and feelings.
Love is an important factor in physical and emotional intimate relationships.
Love is qualitatively and quantitatively different from liking, and the difference is not merely in the presence or absence of sexual attraction.
Poor skills in developing intimacy can lead to getting too close too quickly; struggling to find the boundary and to sustain connection; being poorly skilled as a friend, rejecting self-disclosure or even rejecting friendships and those who have them.
Psychological consequences of intimacy problems are found in adults who have difficulty in forming and maintaining intimate relationships.
Two people who are in an intimate relationship with one another are often called a couple, especially if the members of that couple have placed some degree of permanency to their relationship.