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Theology On Tap - Healthy Intimate Relationships


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The Intimacy Workshop offered as part of the Theology on Tap Series for October 2009.

The Intimacy Workshop offered as part of the Theology on Tap Series for October 2009.

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  • 1. How to Form Healthy Intimate Relationships
    “Theology on Tap” Edition
  • 2. Who am I?
    Former St. Brigid staff pastoral counselor from 2004-2006.
    USD graduate with MA in Pastoral Care & Counseling (2005).
    Alliant Int’l University graduate with MA in Marriage & Family Therapy (2007).
    Currently an intern at a local agency and in private practice.
  • 3. My Website
    pcc = Pastoral Counseling Center
  • 4. Slides are available
    Search on “introduction to intimacy” or “ryanbuchmann”
    Movie clips will not be available.
  • 5. Book Recommendation
  • 6. Book Recommendation
  • 7. Characteristics of Intimacy
    Intimacy is not easy and is often uncomfortable.
    • Involves the risk of vulnerability, rejection, disagreement, separation.
    Intimacy happens when it happens.
  • 8. Movie Clip
    The Incredibles
  • 9. Characteristics of Intimacy
    Intimacy is not easy and is often uncomfortable.
    • Involves the risk of vulnerability, rejection, disagreement, separation.
    Intimacy happens when it happens.
    Intimacy is NOT sex, yet sex is a part of being intimate.
  • 10. Movie Clip
    Sex and Breakfast
  • 11. What is “intimacy?”
    “Intimacy is
    The recursive experience…
    …of open self-confrontation…
  • 12. What is “confrontation?”
    A meeting of persons face to face
    An open conflict of opposing ideas
  • 13. What is “self-confrontation?”
    an event in which one is forced to recognize one's true self and its possible implications and/or consequences.
  • 14. What is “intimacy?”
    “Intimacy is
    The recursive experience…
    …of open self-confrontation…
    …of core aspects of the self…
    …in the presence of a partner.”
    --David Schnarch
    Author of Passionate Marriage
  • 15. What is “intimacy?”
    Relevant Point:
    Intimacy starts from within.
  • 16. Premise for this Talk
    Your job is NOT to somehow get your partner to reveal more about him/herself.
    YOU are responsible for initiating the intimate exchange.
  • 17. Premise for this Talk
    YOU are responsible for initiating the intimate exchange.
    What does that imply with respect to:
    • Getting a date with someone?
    • 18. Finding out if someone is into you?
    • 19. Getting married?
  • Question:
    Exactly what is it that I should be revealing about myself to my partner?
  • 20. The Dimensions of Intimacy
    The Four Aspects of
    the Human Person
  • 21. Dimensions of Intimacy
  • 22. Emotional Intimacy
    Entails knowledge of one’s feelings
    Being able to identify when one is experiencing an emotion.
    The ability to label the emotion which one is experiencing.
    The ability to know the source of the emotion.
  • 23. Media Clip
    “What Dreams May Come”
  • 24. Intellectual Intimacy
    Knowing how you think and what you believe to be true.
    To which beliefs to do you hold rigidly? To which do you hold flexibly?
    What drives, inspires, and motivates your beliefs?
    What is the source of your beliefs?
    What experiences did you undergo to form your beliefs?
  • 25. Book Recommendation
    Eve Eschner-Hogan with Steven Hogan
  • 26. Movie Clip
    He’s Just Not That into You
  • 27. Spiritual Intimacy
    Each person does everything within their power to become their most authentic self.
    The authentic self is the very person that God created us to be. We are most happy when we are authentic.
  • 28. Natural Drives
    The drive to be one’s authentic self can be called the drive toward the autonomous self .
    Relationshipis another primary human drive.
  • 29. Natural Drives
    People move toward relationship to insure survival of self and to procreate.
    People move toward autonomy to establish one’s individual identity and one’s place in the world.
  • 30. The Delicate Balance
    Human beings must delicately balance the drive for relationship with the drive for autonomy.
  • 31. The Delicate Balance
    Togetherness urges us toward others for attachment, affiliation, and for approval.
    Finds expression in companionship, family, and society itself.
  • 32. The Delicate Balance
    Individuality is defining one’s self as separate from others.
    Individual beliefs, choices, personal autonomy.
  • 33. The Delicate Balance
    Balancing between individuality (autonomy) and togetherness (relationship) creates a constant tension.
  • 34. The Delicate Balance
    In the early stages of a relationship, the goal is to develop togetherness (e.g. things in common).
    Togetherness pushes us to follow the directives of the other, to be a part of the group.
  • 35. We Become Like Those We Love!
  • 36. It gets dicey!
    Once togetherness has been established, we yearn to retain our individuality.
    We are propelled to follow our own directives, to be on our own, and to create a unique identity.
    This flies in the face of the “rules of togetherness.”
  • 37. Differentiation
    The ability to maintain your sense of self…
    …when you are emotionally and/or physically close to others…
    …especially as they become increasingly close to you.
    --David Schnarch
    “Passionate Marriage”
  • 38. Differentiation
    For the undifferentiated person, the need for togetherness resembles a neediness to be loved and accepted (aka “clingy” or “high maintenance”).
    There is a continued need for contact, validation, and consensus from the other.
    This leaves us unable to maintain a clear sense of who we are.
  • 39. Differentiation
    The differentiated person does not say “I need my space.” They can stay in the relationship and know who they are.
    Differentiation is the ability to maintain your sense of self when your partner is away or you are not in a primary love relationship.
  • 40. Media Clip
    “The Incredibles”
  • 41. Media Clip
    “The Incredibles”
  • 42. Media Clip
    “The Incredibles”
  • 43. Media Clip
    “The Incredibles”
  • 44. Excuse Me…
    Weren’t we talking about Spiritual Intimacy?
  • 45. Spiritual Intimacy
    The act of becoming your authentic self while remaining in a relationship is a movement toward authenticity which is directly connected to God’s plan.
  • 46. Spiritual Intimacy
    [Jesus] called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
    Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
    Mt 18:1-3
  • 47. Book Recommendation
  • 48. Book Recommendation
  • 49. Physical Intimacy
    Easy to do: a smile, a handshake, an embrace, a kiss on the cheek.
    As a couple we hold hands, walk arm in arm, or snuggle.
    Physical intimacy entails connecting with someone through any of the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, or taste.
  • 50. The Problem
    Very BAD!
    People think intimacy can be experienced by having SEX!
  • 51. Sex
    The Problem
  • 52. Physical Intimacy
    When physical intimacy is established too quickly, it begins to stunt the growth of the relationship.
    We begin judge the quality and value of our relationship on the basis of physical intimacy.
  • 53. Intimacy
    A Better Approach
  • 54. Movie Clip
    When Harry Met Sally
  • 55. Consider this…
    Which of the 4 dimensions of intimacy is the easiest to do?
  • 56. Consider this…
    …So if the physical dimension is gone (i.e. “stopped having sex”), what does that say about the actualization of the other dimensions?
  • 57. Cautionary Note!
    Don’t try to force intimacy.
    Remember: Intimacy will happen when it happens. Be open to it!
    YOU are responsible for initiating the intimate exchange.
    Show yours first.
  • 58. Questions?