Reduce Fear of Intimacy Symptoms With Guided Imagery

For many people in a committed relationship, there are times when it seems difficult to either get through to your partner, or to let your partner reach you. Emotional intimacy is a somewhat ephemeral relationship characteristic, and even people in the healthiest of relationships can experience intimacy issues. Fortunately, the causes of intimacy issues are relatively well understood, and there is an array of effective techniques to help you work through intimacy difficulties.

The fear of intimacy symptoms most people experience commonly include unexplained reticence, long periods of angry silence with relatively inconsequential provocation, arguing over small issues, or a generally uncomfortable feeling.

Intimacy issues may be caused by previous experiences that resulted in one or both partners enduring significant betrayal, emotional pain, or difficulty. That prior experience can either be with a previous partner, or it can relate to an earlier episode in the current relationship that still impacts the way the partners relate to each other. This prior difficulty, if not completely resolved, can lead to fear of intimacy in the current committed situation.

Fear of intimacy may also be caused by a general lack of self-esteem. If one or both partners don’t feel that they are individually worthy of love and positive emotion, it will be difficult for them to allow anyone else to get close to them. The relationship’s natural progression toward deeper intimacy will be halted by the lack of self-esteem.

Fortunately, there is a relatively simple technique to improve emotional and physical intimacy using guided imagery exercises in conjunction with meditation. As the name implies, guided imagery exercises entail an audio narrator guiding the listener through a series of exercises that first relax the listener, and then allow him or her to experience positive mental images that can help restore the conditions necessary to facilitate intimacy in marriage or other committed relationship.

Because the thoughts we think influence every other aspect of our lives, guided imagery exercises can be an exceptionally powerful therapy tool.

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