Let us first define intimacy as feelings of emotional closeness and connectedness with another person that often develop through building mutual trust, caring, and acceptance. It is important to note that emotional intimacy and sexual intimacy do not always go hand in hand. While sex can help to build an intimate relationship, it is not the only indicator. In fact, intimacy can play a role in all types of relationships and it is not reserved for romantic and sexual partners. Furthermore, intimacy can mean something different to each person. Your passions and communication style can affect how you view and develop intimacy. Below we will discuss the differences between sex and intimacy in a relationship and how stressful conditions can alter the balance of the two.