In human relationships, the meaning and level of intimacy varies within and between relationships.In anthropological research, intimacy is considered the product of a successful seduction, a process of rapport building that enables parties to confidently disclose previously hidden thoughts and feelings.
The noun "intimate" means a person with whom one has a particularly close relationship.
This was clarified by Dalton (1959) who discusses how anthropologists and ethnographic researchers access "inside information" from within a particular cultural setting by establishing networks of intimates capable (and willing) to provide information unobtainable through formal channels.
The adjective "intimate" indicates detailed knowledge of a thing or person.
Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together.
It is a familiar and very close affective connection with another as a result of a bond that is formed through knowledge and experience of the other.
Genuine intimacy in human relationships requires dialogue, transparency, vulnerability, and reciprocity.The verb "intimate" means "to state or make known".An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves physical or emotional intimacy.Physical intimacy is characterized by friendship, platonic love, romantic love or sexual activity.While the term intimate relationship commonly implies the inclusion of a sexual relationship, the term is also used as a euphemism for a relationship that is strictly sexual.Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience.