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Intimacy is a quality of a social interaction based on the reciprocal interpretation of the actors. While there is an emphasis on the intersubjective construction of this quality, the idea of intimacy depends on the collective representation or the symbolic code on how to define, construct, and express intimacy, which varies in different cultures. In modern societies, it is based on an interaction that is both extraordinarily meaningful to the actors and restricted to a small number of persons. Even though intimacy can emerge in brief encounters, it is regarded more likely that intimacy is experienced in subsequent interactions. This shapes a specific type of relationship, an intimate relationship. Social relations tend to become distinctive in either nonpersonal or intimate relations with only very few ...

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