This level of intimacy is about taking small risks, while still allowing some protective barriers to exist. This stage is often where we start to share opinions, thoughts, and beliefs. We may start to share our opinions on more controversial things, such as “You don’t spend enough time with me.” However, if we start to feel too vulnerable with someone, we can pull back in order to try to avoid an argument.
This level is a little more intimate because we put down some walls in order to express our thoughts and opinions. However, it still isn’t deep because we can say we have changed our minds or switched our opinions if things start to feel uncomfortable or painful. This allows us to protect ourselves from rejection, criticism, and arguments we may not be ready to have.
Continue to read this week as we cover the remaining stages of the 5 Levels of Intimacy. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥
*Material Adapted from: powertochange.com “The Five Levels of Intimacy” by Barbara Wilson
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.