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Karen J. Prager

In: Close Relationships: A Sourcebook

Chapter 17: Intimacy in Personal Relationships

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Intimacy in Personal Relationships
Intimacy in personal relationships
Karen J.Prager

If intimacy is one of the most often discussed aspects of relationship functioning, then there are good reasons. It is the distinguishing mark of a person's most important and valued relationships. It is predictive of the highest levels of satisfaction, love, and trust as well as perhaps the primary reward of closeness (Prager, 1995).

Equally compelling, intimate contact is a powerful determinant of individual health and well-being. People seek intimate confidants during times of stress and find that confiding buffers them from its pathogenic effects. ...

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