Emotional intimacy is an important part of a healthy marriage. But what exactly is emotional intimacy? Emotional intimacy is the ability to share your feelings with your spouse. It’s being able to talk about what’s troubling you, and be heard by your spouse.
Emotional intimacy is a key part of a fulfilling marriage.
It helps couples build trust, resolve conflict and create a strong foundation for their relationship.
Emotional intimacy is important because it allows you to share your deepest feelings with each other. When two people feel emotionally intimate with each other, they can share their deepest fears and desires without fear of rejection or judgment.
Emotional intimacy requires vulnerability — being willing to be open about what you’re thinking and feeling with someone else. Vulnerability can be scary because it opens you up to rejection and judgment from others if they don’t agree with what you’re saying or doing. But when you’re both willing to be vulnerable together, it can lead to greater emotional intimacy in your marriage.
But for many couples, emotional intimacy is lacking in their relationship. In fact, according to one study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, approximately 70 percent of people feel they have fewer close friends than they did 10 years ago.
What does this mean for married couples? It means that we’re more likely than ever before to be living in isolation from each other — which can lead to a decrease in emotional intimacy.
Emotional intimacy can be hard to achieve in marriage because it requires you to let down your guard, which is scary.
It’s much easier to simply avoid talking about things that make us uncomfortable or feel insecure.
But when we avoid talking about our feelings, we also avoid resolving issues that could otherwise threaten our relationship — and eventually destroy it.
Emotional intimacy is different from physical intimacy, but it’s just as important for a healthy relationship. The good news is that you can increase the level of emotional intimacy in your marriage. Here are some tips for increasing emotional intimacy in your marriage:
Share Your Thoughts and Feelings
The first step toward increasing emotional intimacy in your marriage is to share your thoughts with your spouse. Start by telling them how you feel when they do something nice for you, like making dinner or folding laundry. Tell them why these actions make you feel loved and appreciated. Once they know how much these actions mean to you, they will be more likely to do them more often!
It’s one thing to tell someone what makes them happy; it’s another thing entirely to show them that their happiness matters. You can do this by sharing how much something means to you — whether it’s a gift, a meal or even just a hug from time to time! Don’t underestimate the power of words.
Don’t judge or criticize each other for what you say
Listen without judging so that you can understand where the other person is coming from before responding back to them (don’t interrupt).
Be willing to take responsibility
Be willing to admit and take responsibility for any mistakes made between you two so that they don’t become points of contention between the two of you; always own up to your part of an argument even if it doesn’t seem fair or right at first (because it most likely won’t feel right at first).
Do these things and your relationship and trust with your spouse will have significant positive impacts on your marriage.
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