Intellectual stimulation, though a bit more subtle than its physical counterpart, is an extremely effective way to forge a solid bond with others. Regardless of whether or not that connection is romantic in nature, the ability to develop and maintain intellectually intimate relationships is a vital source of happiness in life and as such, should be openly embraced by all. It is also important to note that intellectual intimacy and emotional intimacy go hand in hand. One cannot exist without the other, as both are grounded in the same principles and complement one another exquisitely. A mental connection is something that typically develops naturally between two people with similar values but there are ways to enhance the intellectual intimacy shared with a romantic partner. Below are some tips for how to make sure that you and your partner stay on the same intellectual level:
- Communicate openly and honestly - For intellectual intimacy to blossom, it is absolutely critical that both parties involved feel genuinely comfortable in opening up to each other freely. If either person has reservations about what can or cannot be said to his/her partner, it will be extremely difficult (if not impossible) for a mental connection to grow to its fullest potential. Make a sincere effort to listen to and value everything that your partner has to say.
- Leave room for individuality - Though the two of you may share similar values and outlooks, it is equally as important for both you and your partner to embrace and celebrate your differences. Having things in common is great but donít neglect the individual strengths that each of you brings to the relationship and the ways in which you complement each other.
- Support each other unconditionally - In order to nurture intellectual intimacy, you and your partner need to be each otherís biggest fans. Never ridicule your partnerís dreams and ambitions. Always support your partner in each and every endeavor that he/she may undertake. Everybody needs to know that they have somebody in their corner no matter what.
- Give what you get - The best way to ensure dating success is to always set a good example for your partner. Never demand anything that you arenít willing or able to give yourself.