When we speak of intimacy some people think of sex, some think of emotional support. I came across a list of 7 different kinds of intimacy or perhaps it could be termed 7 components that are often present in a satisfying and intimate relationship. Here they are:
Emotional: Sharing of significant meanings and feelings with one another
Intellectual: Sharing of ideas with one another
Aesthetic: Sharing of deep beauty like movies, plays, music, concerts, sunsets, etc
Creative: Shared creativity – working on a common goal to see it come to fruition
Recreational: Sharing “Stress relieving play” – walking, biking, working out…
Work: Sharing common tasks – maintaining a house, raising a family together, earning a living, or community projects
Spiritual: Sharing a common relationship with a form of spirituality.