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What Is Intimacy Anorexia?
- Intimacy anorexia is a persistent relationship disorder which affects many relationships and marriages.
- Dr. Doug Weiss began researching this term after he noticed relationships which had a defined lack of intimacy with couples who were uncomfortable being intimate and unwilling to engage intimately.
- Intimacy anorexia occurs when a partner or spouse is subjected to a major stressor including sexual trauma, attachment issues, sex addiction, or neglect early on in their life.
- As a result, their emotional capacity does not fully develop and they enter into an intimacy anorexic state.
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What Are The Characteristics of Intimacy Anorexia?
Intimacy anorexia presents with eleven characteristics. Matching behaviors to these characteristics is one of the quickest ways to know if intimacy anorexia is a contributing factor to relationship conflict.
- Busy: Intimacy anorexics are too busy to spend time with their partner or spouse.
- Blame: Intimacy anorexics blame shift responsibility onto their partner or spouse for problems in the relationship.
- Withholding Love: Intimacy anorexics do not love their partner or spouse in the ways they want to be loved.
- Withholding Praise: Intimacy anorexics refuse to praise their partner or spouse and offer little encouragement.
- Withholding Sex: Intimacy anorexics avoid being intimate with their partner or spouse and are not emotionally connected during sex.
- Withholding Spiritually: Intimacy anorexics spiritually disconnect themselves from their partner or spouse.
- Feelings: Intimacy anorexics are unable to share how they feel with their partner or spouse.
- Criticism: Intimacy anorexics regularly notice and point out their partner or spouse’s shortcomings.
- Anger/silence: Intimacy anorexics can use anger or silence to control conversations and situations.
- Money: Intimacy anorexics control money or shame their partner or spouse’s spending.
- Roommate: Intimacy anorexics make their partner or spouse feel like a roommate and live without intimacy.
What Do I Need To Know About Treating Intimacy Anorexia?
Addressing the intimacy anorexia by creating awareness of it in the relationship is the most challenging part of treating the anorexic behavior. Often times, intimacy anorexics will become defensive and have many justifications for their behavior when it is questioned.
Treatment through professional counseling and therapy is the best solution for treating intimacy anorexia because counseling professionals provide an unbiased perspective from outside the relationship. The Intimacy Anorexia eBook offers more insight into treating and overcoming this relationship disorder. Learn more about this disorder and download it now below!
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