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Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - YOU & YOURS -

Lack of in­ti­macy. Many mar­riages con­sist of two iso­lated and lonely in­di­vid­u­als. Emo­tional in­ti­macy is vi­tal. This in­cludes ask­ing each other: “How are you re­ally?”. Con­nec­tion to each other is es­sen­tial. It’s the pur­pose of mar­riage. Some cou­ples don’t ask scary ques­tions such as, “What’s wrong?” in case the prob­lem is them. Emo­tional in­ti­macy tran­scends that fear; you know it’s bet­ter to know what is hurt­ing your part­ner than not risk­ing be­ing told some­thing un­com­fort­able. It means tak­ing in what’s be­ing said and ac­knowl­edg­ing that you un­der­stand.

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