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  • Understanding Fear of Intimacy

    Fear of intimacy is an often subconscious fear of closeness that frequently affects people’s personal relationships. This fear of physical and/or emotional intimacy tends to show up in people’s closest and most meaningful relationships.

  • 5 Strategies for Dealing With Your Partner’s Fear of Intimacy

    Although relationships can feel like a tug of war with one of us struggling to pull closer while the other resists, engaging in the blame game is never the solution.

  • Are You Angry at Love?

    Our tendency to feel angry at love directed toward us is a defense we all develop in response to these deep-seated fears of intimacy.

  • It Is Immoral To Stop People From Loving You

    Some of the most destructive behaviors, commonplace in relationships, are those that people act out in an attempt to ward off loving responses from their partner.

The Fear of Intimacy describes how we often shun or inadvertently push away the love of others. Many will be surprised to learn that the real resistance to intimacy can’t be attributed to our partners, but from to an enemy lurking within. The problem arises when the positive ways a lover sees us conflicts with the negative ways we view ourselves. Though we may not be entirely aware of it on a conscious level, most of us, to some extent, have a of fear of intimacy.

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