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Intimacy

Intimacy is linked with feelings of closeness among partners in a relationship. It is usually characterized by love and attachment. These feelings may or may not be connected or confused with sexual... more
Intimacy is linked with feelings of closeness among partners in a relationship. It is usually characterized by love and attachment. These feelings may or may not be connected or confused with sexual feelings. In other relationships, intimacy has more to do with shared moments than sexual interactions. This is not an exact definition, but it seems that intimacy and healthy relationships go hand in hand. Indeed, intimacy is basic in any meaningful relationship: the basis of friendship and one of the foundations of love.
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Questions and Answers

Katie Leikam
Katie Leikam
LGBTQIA affirming LCSW in Decatur GA

Your happiness and healthiness is key.  I would not suggest that you hold back and keep it a secret.  You should be up-front about it, but perhaps gently bring it up on a date.  When thinking about whether or not you should stop, think about how it makes you feel.  Perhaps try to be social at more... more

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Allison  Velez
Allison Velez
Is your relationship worth it?

While this might not be the first thing you want to discuss when you meet someone, it is important for you to be yourself.  It's better to weed out 10 people who can't accept you to find that one who can.  

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David Routt
David Routt
Totius Therapies

Communication opens up what is called "cognitive space" for your partner, and allows them to do the same for you. The more you know about each other, especially your everyday lives, creates a bond between the two of you. Much like the saying goes in the military, the same is true for a couple... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Ask her to consider your feelings not only her own defensiveness that she is called a whore by you. Clearly since you're writing on a site which offers psychological and emotional support and guidance, you do not consider your gf to be a whore. She may not realize or considered that you are somewhat... more

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Sally high
Sally high
No more coping skills. It's time to eliminate fear.

There is no wrong or right way to define a relationship. I believe each relationship we are in is an opportunity to expand and to know self on a deeper level. We are conditioned to believe that we are not valued, or worth much without the confirmation of others and the world around us.  Give... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Because the acrobatics and excitement of sex has nothing to do with the meaning of deeper emotional attachment to another person with whom we are in a relationship. Try to distinguish between your feelings of excitement from the novel sexual arrangement and what you feel is necessary in order to... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

I'm sorry to hear of your problem. First step as always when a possible medical explanation exists, go for a urology check up to either your internist or a urologist. Once you know there is no medical reason which would prevent an erection, then we can consider the psychological and emotion based... more

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Allison  Velez
Allison Velez
Is your relationship worth it?

You are right that his insecurities are at the root of the issue.  You cannot change that for him.  He will have to do the work to handle those emotions on his own.   What you can do is reassure him in whatever ways possible, but always recognizing that you can't "fix" this for him.   When I work... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Definitely yes, it is possible for a couple to trust each other again and become close with each other. Since your trust was broken, your fiancé would need to earn back your belief that he is faithful to you. Do you feel he empathizes with how you felt to find out about his cheating? Before you have... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

You wrote that each of you is under the age of 18.   A 15 year old cannot be a pedophile because you're not an adult.

Also, if you mean "girlfriend" in a romantic way then this makes sense bc romantic relationships include physical attraction to the other person.

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