MANY KINDS
of 
INTIMACY
 

 


1. MORAL INTIMACY
(shared sense of what is right)

2. EMOTIONAL INTIMACY
(being tuned to each other's wavelength)

3. INTELLECTUAL INTIMACY
(closeness in the world of ideas)

4. AESTHETIC INTIMACY
(sharing experiences of beauty)

5. CREATIVE INTIMACY
(sharing in acts of creating together)

6. RECREATIONAL INTIMACY
(relating experiences of fun and play)

7. WORK INTIMACY
(the closeness of sharing common tasks)

8. CRISIS INTIMACY
(closeness in coping with problems and pain)

9. CONFLICT INTIMACY
(facing and struggling with differences)

10. COMMITMENT INTIMACY
(mutuality derived from common investment)

11. SPIRITUALITY INTIMACY
(the we-ness in sharing ultimate concerns)

12. COMMUNICATION INTIMACY
(the source of all types of true intimacy)

13. GENITAL INTIMACY
(erotic or orgasmic closeness)

For a more detailed discussion of most of these types of intimacy see:
Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing and Growth
, Abingdon Press, 2011 By Bridget Howard J Clinebell, Clare McKeever, p. 275.  Text is a revision of Clinebell’s Basic Types of Pastoral Counseling, 1966, 1984

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