Men and women seek different elements of intimacy. This book argues that a failure to understand the opposite gender's intimacy needs can contribute to relationship distress. Jane Ridley explores potentially critical periods and turning points in a couple's relationship, including sexuality, pregnancy, ageing, the impact of earlier separation and dealing with children from previous relationships.
Part One: A Working Hypothesis
The Invisible Intimacy Screen
Critical Periods in the Life Cycle of Relationships and Intimacy
Life Events and Intimacy
Part Two: A Realistic Approach to Gender
Critical Periods and Female Vulnerablity
Critical Periods and Male Vulnerablity