Intimacy and sex aren't the same thing. Here's what an expert says

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 Intimacy and sex tend to be used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing.
Intimacy and sex tend to be used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing.
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Intimacy and sex tend to be used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing.

Intimacy and relationship coach Tracy Ziman Jacobs, says the word "intimacy" is often misconstrued for sex when intimacy is all about connection. After all, it is human to crave a relationship connection and feel seen and loved as it brings a sense of belonging. 

"There is space for curiosity and empathy when there is a connection in any relationship. The ability to be present for one another, be non-defensive and be willing to 'hear' each other is a winning formula for creating beautiful intimacy in all relationships," she says.

"Connection is closeness, a sense of knowing the other, and the ties that bind us together. Sexual intimacy is just one of five ways couples can achieve intimacy." 

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