chapter  7
Intimacy skills
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Everyone craves the reward of intimacy in their close relationships. Intimacy does not always come with the territory in relationships that possess the outward form of closeness, for instance, marriage. Rather partners attain, maintain and develop differing degrees of intimacy in their relationships. Furthermore, at any time partners can withdraw and regulate the degree of intimacy they offer each other. Such holding back is more likely to be ongoing when relationships deteriorate.