Do You Fear Intimacy?

January 13, 2020

We don’t intentionally reject love to preserve a familiar identity. Instead, during times of closeness and intimacy, we react with behaviors that create tension in the relationship and push our loved one away.

 

Here are some common ways people distance themselves emotionally as a result of a fear of intimacy:

  • Withholding affection

  • Reacting indifferently or adversely to affection or positive acknowledgement

  • Becoming paranoid or suspicious of a partner

  • Losing interest in sexuality

  • Being overly critical of a partner

  • Feeling guarded or resistant to being close

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© 2017-2020 by Natalie D'Annibale, PsyD, LMFT