Two commonly used terms when talking about relationships, especially couple relationships where two people share their lives, are the words of love and intimacy. Between these two words there is an exciting interaction.
Most can probably agree that it is easier to be intimate, open up, to be yourself fully if there is a strong love in the relationship. In contrast, we can note that it is not as easy to be intimate with a group of strangers on the bus on the way to work one morning. So, if love exists, it is easier to be intimate. In visual terms, we can use the following picture to illustrate how love leads the way to intimacy.