Adrienne Harris PhD, 22 January  2018
Intimacy: An Introduction
We posed the topic of Intimacy, thinking to extend and continue the discussions developed in the recent IPA Congress in Buenos Aires on Intimacy.  Here, in our ejournal, as in that Congress, we can be engaged and enchanted with the range of topics and ideas and clinical explorations that this topic generates and/or provokes.

Many of our writers produce for us a vision of the sequestered and private quality of intimacy that is always deeply internal and at the same time, deeply social. Some essays stress the solitude in intimacy, the deep ties to early relationships, and the intricacy of our bodies’ arrangements alone and together in living out intimate connections.  Several of the essays speak to the vulnerability of intimate life in the postmodern context, in a social and commercialized world, and particularly in a world of Internet communication where private and public can become hopelessly entangled.  Intimacy is threatened by the structure of modern work, modern communication, and the many modern advances that alter the conventions of birth, procreation, attachment, parenting, aging, and mortality.

 Intimacy is migratory, over many topics, in this set of essays. For all our writers intimacy is present in our quietest private moments, within our own psyches and bodies, and yet productive and crucial in our intense interconnections with another. Intimacy migrates from early attachment, through the life cycle.  Intimacy can be crucial to sexuality and quite absent. Sexuality, in these essays is complex, changeable over the life span and the social context. The dilemmas of intimacy are explored in several essays, which follow clinical cases through the complex vicissitudes of intimacy as it is so intensely influenced and shaped, by trauma and familial pathologies. Intimacy is ubiquitous and vulnerable.

Intimacy is an aspect of the pleasure of watching sports in a public venue. Intimacy can be deeply embedded in talk, in the clinical setting, on the intent and in the rituals constructed by a modern unit of persons undertaking on of the most intimate events: procreation.

Explore the intricacies and dilemmas and conflict around intimacy in all these contexts.