Intimacy sex

Jump to navigation Jump to search For general human touching behavior, see Haptic communication. Physical intimacy is sensual proximity or intimacy sex. For instance, a sustained eye contact is considered a form of physical intimacy, analogous to touching.

When a person enters someone else’s personal space for the purpose of being intimate, it is physical intimacy, regardless of the lack of actual physical contact. Most people partake in physical intimacy, which is a natural part of interpersonal relationships and human sexuality, and research has shown it has health benefits. Most people value their personal space and feel discomfort, anger or anxiety when somebody encroaches on their personal space without consent. Entering somebody’s personal space is normally an indication of familiarity and intimacy. On the other hand, most people occasionally desire physical proximity to others, and will at times welcome a familiar and trusted person into their personal space.

People who are on a familiar basis may enter into each other’s personal space to make physical contact. These can be indicators of affection and trust. The manner in which people display affection is generally different in a public context to a private one. Bonding through intimate, non-sexual contact between platonic friends and family members includes, but is not limited to, holding hands, hugging, cuddling, and kissing on the cheeks. According to Scott Clark, author of a study of Japanese bathing culture, the word is a portmanteau combining “skin” with the last syllable of “friendship”.

The similarity with the English word ‘kinship’ suggests a further explanation. This word is also used in South Korea. Inducements towards physical intimacy can come from various sources. During colder seasons, humans as well as other animals seek physical intimacy with one another as a means to apportion thermoregulation. Some forms of physical touch among monkeys and apes, serve multiple functions, including cleaning, treatment of a lice influx or infection and social grooming. Some forms of physical intimacy may be received negatively.