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Kevin Hartnett | Posted 09.18.2012 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

I love Jay and Wally the same, but I've also discovered that I don't always feel equally close to both of them.

Are You 'Nice' or Are You Loving?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Being nice often means being inauthentic. It can be a form of control -- attempting to control how the other person feels about you or how they respond to you.

Flourishing, Positive Psychology and Torture: Is Happiness a Warm Gun?

Jeffrey Rubin, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Home
Jeffrey Rubin, Ph.D.

Happiness is a national obsession, the central topic in many bestselling books, and a boon for motivational speakers. In a world as complicated and disheartening as ours, who wouldn't want a method for feeling better?

Why I'm Totally Over Traditional Wedding Vows

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.03.2012 | Weddings
Barbara Greenberg

I believe that our traditional wedding vows may be not serving us well at this point in time when we are all filling multiple sets of shoes and have so many competing demands.

Crying Saved My Life

Erin Joy Henry | Posted 07.23.2012 | Women
Erin Joy Henry

Crying was for the weak girls who couldn't be alone and needed boys to carry their bags for them. Crying was for the girls who sat out from P.E. because they had their periods and were too scared to participate in the game of life. Or so I thought.

6 Simple Ways To Show Love To Your Loved One

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 07.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

We all benefit from being grateful and we all want to feel appreciated. So shower the gift of appreciation on your loved one and watch intimacy bloom.

Sexuality: Judge Self, Use Others

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Nicholas consulted with me because of problems he was having in his marriage. He was very distressed that his wife, Kayla, never wanted to have sex with him.

How To Boost Your Confidence In Bed

TresSugar | Posted 04.18.2012 | Women

Being intimate with another person can bring out a wide range of awkward, unwelcome insecurities (just ask Girls star Lena Dunham), but if you're stru...

Why the Spark Fades in a Relationship

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Reigniting our relationships can be as simple as carrying out those small, caring acts that make our partners feel acknowledged and loved for who they are. Taking steps each day to counter these habitual patterns leads us down a path that is much more fulfilling, much braver, and much more real.

If You're not Smooching, You're Loosing... A Beleaguered Male's Perspective

D.J. Wilson | Posted 05.28.2012 | Comedy
D.J. Wilson

Smooching, when meshed with the intimacy of sex, has the dynamic propensity to keep your relationship strong.

Are We Still Condemning Women for Their Sexuality?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 05.28.2012 | Women
Lisa Firestone

When a woman gives up her sexuality, she sacrifices an essential part of who she is. It's not just about having sex, but about being acknowledged and acknowledging of her full self.

Let's Talk About The Joy Of Sex Over 50

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 05.19.2012 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

Of all the studies that show the older we get, the happier we get, none of them asked the respondents about their sex lives. Perhaps the researchers didn't know to look for sexual happiness, because they, like most of us, had not expected it to be a major source of joy.

Infidelity-Proof Your Relationship

Wendy Strgar | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

A neglected, unhealthy sex life makes relationships more vulnerable to anger and resentment and is often cited as the primary motivation for infidelity. Unfortunately, you can't really cure an unhealthy sexual life without curing the aspects of the relationship that lead you to avoid intimacy.

"Lovesody" Shows True Intimacy

Posted 02.24.2012 | Arts

Photographer Motoyuki Daifu fell in love with a young pregnant woman. For six months he photographed her as a mother and lover... Then they broke up. ...

Do We Really Know What Love Is?

Vicki Larson | Posted 04.21.2012 | Weddings
Vicki Larson

Many of us are stumped to define love, and even those of us who can define it often find that others may not agree with our definition. Yet we all have an idea of what love is.

Love and Sex

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

This Valentine's Day, look into the eyes and heart of your partner. Look into their hopes and dreams, and see within them the desires and determination that you also hold dear. See too the very same hurts and fears that you have been dealing with.

Love And Sex: Putting Old Values In New Language

John Backman | Posted 04.15.2012 | Religion
John Backman

I am glad that LGBTQ people feel freer to be who they are and love whom they love. I believe it is good that people in dead or violent marriages can escape them more readily.

6 Ways To Keep Love Strong This Valentine's Day And Beyond

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Being loving isn't just a matter of playing the role of boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife. It is a matter of having integrity in ourselves and being attuned to our partners. Being LOVING means maintaining Laughter, Openness, Vitality, Individuality, Non-defensiveness, and Generosity in our relationships.

A Valentine To Intimacy At Any Age

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 04.08.2012 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

Being in love knows no age limits, and our bodies can experience great sex throughout our lifetime. That is the message of my new book How We Love Now: Sex and the New Intimacy in Second Adulthood. But as I have been talking up that message, I have learned a thing or two about how it is received.

5 Strategies For Dealing With A Partner's Fear Of Intimacy

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

As a therapist, I often hear couples complain that whenever one partner tries to get close, the other pulls away. It's a painful reality that love isn't always as easy to give and receive as we'd like to think.

The Faithful Shopper: Ready for Resorts

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 03.31.2012 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Almost every one I know is ready for some sun and sand. Whether you're actively planning that beach vacation -- or just pretending you are -- our stores have everything you need.

'These Love Affairs Have Taught Me To Love Myself More'

Erin Joy Henry | Posted 03.17.2012 | Women
Erin Joy Henry

I had ignored the voice inside my head that told me he was in my life to teach me how to love fearlessly and be in the moment, not to marry me.

Why Are We Hooked On Rejection?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Throughout our lives, we are psychologically formed by our experience. All of our old and familiar experiences have shaped the way we see ourselves and the world around us.

PHOTOS: A Different Approach To Intimate Travel Photography

Sivan Askayo | Posted 03.12.2012 | Travel
Sivan Askayo

This project, which was named by Phaidon "Intimacy Under the Wires" is not just about laundry. It's about places, the people in them and the role of the photographer.

10 Tips For Healing Your Love Life

Wendy Strgar | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Recognizing that our relationships are our most gentle teachers in life is a great way to approach the work involved in staying with them.