The activity of intimating (making known) underpins the meanings of "intimate" when used as a noun and adjective.
The noun "intimate" means a person with whom one has a particularly close relationship.
From a center of self-knowledge and self differentiation, intimate behavior joins family members and close friends as well as those in love.
The use of empirical investigations in 1898 was a major revolution in social analysis.
Monroe asked 2336 children aged 7 to 16 to identify "what kind of chum do you like best?
In human relationships, the meaning and level of intimacy varies within and between relationships.
In anthropological research, intimacy is considered the product of a successful seduction, a process of rapport building that enables parties to confidently disclose previously hidden thoughts and feelings.
Distinguishing intimate (communal) relationships from strategic (exchange) relationships may also be a factor.
Physical intimacy occurs in the latter but it is governed by a higher-order strategy, of which the other person may not be aware.
Intimate conversations become the basis for "confidences" (secret knowledge) that bind people together.
To sustain intimacy for any length of time requires well-developed emotional and interpersonal awareness.
Genuine intimacy in human relationships requires dialogue, transparency, vulnerability, and reciprocity.
The verb "intimate" means "to state or make known".
This was clarified by Dalton (1959) who discusses how anthropologists and ethnographic researchers access "inside information" from within a particular cultural setting by establishing networks of intimates capable (and willing) to provide information unobtainable through formal channels.