It's more and more a meshing of two spirits.
Relational intimacy was characterized by and nurtured through the mutual sense of communion between partners in the physical, emotional, and intellectual dimensions of their shared lives. Understood in this way, intimacy between partners changed as these relationships evolved from early to recent years. Psychological intimacy progressed over the years. Respondents talked about experiencing psychological intimacy when they were able to share their inner thoughts and feelings that were accepted, if not understood, by the partner. Sexual intimacy moved in a regressive direction, while the physical expression of affection, such as touching and hugging, remained constant from early through recent years. In this chapter, we explore the quality of sexual and psychological intimacy as well as the physical expression of affection.
Sexual intimacy was defined as genital sexual relations. Genital sex was different from the physical expression of affection, such as hugging, and did not necessarily involve the same level of interpersonal