Relationship Advice Tips from Dr. Jeanette Raymond, Ph.D.



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Emotional closeness in a relationship is the key to a stable, secure and satisfying connection that makes a couple more resilient to the stresses and strains of living together.

Here are a few benefits that emotional intimacy can provide for couples over the long term:

  • One of the main benefits of intimacy is that it releases the hormone oxytocin which promotes bonding and solidifies the relationship, boosting optimal health.


  • Another is that it fosters trust and security in relationships that prevent suspicion, jealousy and the revenge-punishment cycle – which confers health benefits of balanced energy, good sleeping patterns, and stamina.


  • Intimacy involves the use of empathy, helping minimize trauma, shock and fear – all known to have negative health outcomes – basically it allows the people to cope in a healthy way rather than turn to drugs, alcohol or other substances.


  • Intimacy has been proven to reduce stress, and in that way protects against stress related conditions like ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, dermatitis, hair loss, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other autoimmune conditions.


  • Intimacy calms the fear center of the brain, and together with the reduction in stress, it facilitates greater communication among the neurons in the brain, leading to healthier mind-body conditions.


  • Intimacy inoculates against the poor health outcomes associated with conflict, loneliness and insecurity.


AUTHOR OF ‘Now You Want Me, Now You Don’t! Fear of Intimacy: ten ways to recognize it and ten ways to manage it in your relationships.”

Copyright, Jeanette Raymond, Ph.D.

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