Intimacy is a function of contact in the organism/environment field. This definition conforms to Gestalt therapy’s theoretical view of human behavior, and it has been made deliberately vague. Clearly, the social use of the term intimacy is ambiguous; but whatever the difficulties in defining and applying it, it is an abstraction from the organism/environment field.
KeywordsDestructive Behavior Final Contact Social Referent Intimate Behavior Deliberate Behavior
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