Intimacy and power
„In my work with patients I stress that intimacy isn’t monolithic; nor is it always consistent. It is intermittent, meant to wax and wane even in the best relationships. There´s the intimacy between professionals and those the serve – doctor and patient, therapist and client, stripper and regular. While we expect to experience these discrete moments of recognition in ongoing relationships, they are not necessarily bound to any overarching narrative. They can be circumstantial, spontaneous, and without follow-up. I no longer look at relationships as being either intimate or not. Instead I track each couple´s ability to engage in a series of intimate bids tendered over time. ” Esther Perel
´Intimacy and power´ is a practical method – or rather an approach – being developed by the colleagues of In Touch Amsterdam. It has the aim to foster social integration at different levels, to help people to build and maintain healthy relationships with a special focus on close relations. ´Intimacy and power´ is inspired by psychology (such as System therapy, Gestalt, Esther Perel, András Feldmár and relies on the intercultural approach developed by Margalit Cohen Emerique). Elements of practical, mostly embodied techniques from dance, movement, martial arts, fine arts and theatre as well as every-day life rituals and activities (like cooking or gardening) are part of its repertoire. In its approach and working methods ´Intimacy and power´ aims to tackle the challenges of close social relations in their complexity. Beyond its main pillars; empowerment, intimacy and social interaction there are a few more important elements that should be mentioned such as: process-oriented learning, fostering critical thinking, inclusion and systemic focus. As an approach can be used in different contexts such as in pedagogy, therapy or training as well in youth work or in community building.