Physical relationship and intimacy

FM Bureau | 01-July-2014

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A physical relationship should not be a mere physical act. It should come from a place of love and intimacy

By FM Bureau

There are many conflicting opinions on the roles of physical relationship and intimacy within a relationship. It is difficult to really get to the bottom of this problem because no two people have exactly the same ideas on sex.

 In a traditional framework, a physical relationship would come with long-term commitment, or marriage, which would be associated with the couple having an intimate connection with each other. However, in an increasingly promiscuous society, the connection between physical relationship and intimacy can be a tenuous one.

Physical relationship without love

Intimacy is at the heart of a strong relationship. It is about knowing someone deeply and being able to be completely free in that persons presence. It is an emotional state that is often reserved for just one person. Ideally, sex in a loving relationship should be the physical embodiment of intimacy. It should come from a place of love and connection.  Within a relationship the two are inextricably linked: intimacy builds  physical relationship and physical relationship builds intimacy.

However, sex also is just a physical act. Within a relationship, sex is the most intimate act, but it can also be an act without consent, an act which is paid for, or a mere physical exchange. A one-night stand is a perfect example of sex without an intimate relationship. Both men and women can enjoy the sex of a one-night stand, but it is a physical act rather than a loving act. On the other hand, it can be argued that there is nothing more intimate than vulnerably offering yourself to someone in the physical act of sex, therefore connecting the two terms again, even in the case of a hired relationship.

Physical act or act of  love?

This is where people often separate the terms physical act and an act of love. Sex is without doubt a basic physical act, and therefore it could be argued that it is without intimacy. However, a physical relationship infers that there is intimacy and a degree of connection associated with the physical act.

But there are plenty of situations in which couples are intimate with each other without having sex. For some, medical problems can prevent physical act, and although this does take away an important part of the relationship, it does not prevent the couple from having a loving, satisfying and intimate connection. Intimacy can be cultivated in many ways, such as spending quality time together, enjoying physical, non-physical contact, or enjoying shared interests and listening to each other. A physical relationship is only one way in which people give and receive love, so although it is very important, it is not the only way to develop or express intimacy.

Being intimate with your partner requires you to be open and honest with him or her, and it is from this state of intimacy that great relationship grows. This can sometimes be a hurdle in a relationship. Past relationships, childhood hurts and other emotional conflicts can get in the way of these connections. In these situations, either individual or marital counselling can be of benefit. Not only will resolving your issues lead to a deeper and more intimate relationship, it will lead to an amazing physical relationship, too!

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