Odds are, you imagine sex. This is because the word is commonly used in the context of sex. You get intimate with your partner. It's one of those words that almost sounds scandalous, doesn't it? But this is only a part of what intimacy is. In this article, we will break down all the types of intimacy.
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Platonic Love: Relationships Are More than Just Sex
They hold hands, cuddle and coo and even kiss each other passionately in public. Then there are those over the age of 60 whose coupling has evolved into a more platonic relationship. They still like each other, but may sleep in separate bedrooms or even live apart. The dictionary defines the word platonic as a relationship marked by the absence of romance or sex. There are various reasons that a once fiery romance gets squelched. Contributing factors may include a physical condition caused by disease, erectile dysfunction or simply a consensual lack of desire. As we age, our bodies change both physically and emotionally.
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We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. And, if you do come to realise your relationship has morphed into little more than a friendship, pulling the plug can be really hard. They've technically not done anything wrong, but your or their feelings have changed. That's a tough one to navigate. Women who've been through this took to Reddit to explain exactly how they knew their relationships had turned into friendships and ultimately, how they had to end.
Platonic relationships require especially in the beginning strong boundaries. These are not normally discussed or negotiated the way steps are in romantic relationships, but they hover in the background nonetheless. As time passes, you will know how far you can push those boundaries, and when you have to pull back. For example, when you travel together — do you share a room? If you do, will that change if one or both of you gets involved with someone romantically?