An intimate relationship involves the interaction between two (or more people) engaged with each other in more than just the social sense. There are many aspects to how a couple relate with each other in the context of their relationship. Examples may be whether the couple are involved in an intimate non-sexual relationship or a sexual relationship or whether the couple are same sex or opposite sex. A good relationship is often the foundation stone for a mutually satisfying sexual relationship.
Relationships are not always easy and often require compromise by both members of the partnership. Desire discrepancy is an example of differing sexual needs within a relationship which usually requires a negotiated compromise solution for the long term contentment of the two individuals. There are many factors, both positive and negative, involved in the attraction between two people so forming a relationship may not be easy or without stress.
All relationships benefit from good effective communication and commitment to making the relationship succeed. All relationships require ongoing maintenance and attention to succeed happily for 50 years. Couples also benefit from time alone. Children may pose extra stress on intimate relationships as time becomes limited, energy is depleted and differences of opinion on parenting techniques arise. It is also important for each member to have time out to pursue their own interests, but not to the detriment of the relationship.
Over time sexual needs may change in relationships so the importance of ongoing respect, affection and attention to each partner must always be emphasised. There are many self help books available which address the many issues that most couples may face at one time or another. Sometimes the problems prove too difficult to manage without outside help. Relationship or couples counselling may then be an appropriate