Men and women seek different elements in intimacy. This book argues that a failure to understand the opposite gender's intimacy needs can contribute to relationship distress. The author 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 is a practical guide for therapists, counsellors and professionals. Part Two provides a theoretical and research oriented backdrop to gender and individual development of women and men through the life cycle.