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by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

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Emotional connections: friendship and intimacy

We all need to feel like there is at least one person with whom we can be ourselves, ‘warts and all’. Friendship and intimacy (emotional, not just sexual) is a vital support during troubled times.

Questions to ask when considering the need for friendship and intimacy:

  • Do you have at least one person with whom you can share most things, and with whom you feel at ease and comfortable in yourself?
  • If you have no intimate relationships, do you want one?
  • What can you do about this?
  • Are you in a relationship in which you feel unable to be yourself?
  • Do you feel like you have several meaningful relationships with those around you?
  • Do you feel connected to others generally?
  • Do you feel like you easily understand people, their feelings or behaviours or do you sometimes have difficulty in this area?
  • Are you happy with your social skills or would you like to learn more or have more opportunity to practice?