At least seven characteristics distinguish intimate relationships from ordinary relationships. Intimate relationships (1) emerge over time from interactions, (2) are mutual and reflect one unit instead of two individuals, (3) thrive on emotional self-disclosure and associated processes like validation, (4) depend on trust in order to protect privately shared knowledge, (5) require care and affection, (6) tend to be committed relationships, and (7) intertwine partners’ lives, ensuring closeness. These seven characteristics are reviewed, shedding light on the complex and multi-faceted nature of the intimacy process.