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Now that is a whole different thing, isn't it? Opening up emotionally in a relationship is quite different from opening up to a naked stranger you've just met on vacation.Yes, I think trust has a lot to do with it. When we let down that guard or mask, it allows us to be in a vulnerable situation. I would think that you just wouldn't do that with someone who hasn't earned that trust.
I remember from the movie Avatar, where Nitiri said to Jake: "I see you", by which I believe she was saying that she saw his soul. She saw who he really was inside, and it allowed her to put her trust in him and to feel a special bond between them. That's the emotional nakedness I was speaking about. I guess I was thinking that people in nudist resorts (Regulars) would need a certain level of trust to allow themselves to be seen unclothed, and that might lead to the emotional nakedness as well. But maybe that's not how it works. I wouldn't know.
"I see you." Seeing who someone really is, hopefully, makes you like what you see. Only then can you truly trust. Sometimes, when you "see" someone, they might not be who you thought they were or who you expected them to be. Then it's going nowhere.
As you know, it takes time, but when you've established mutual trust in a relationship, that enables you to feel safe and secure enough to be able to allow yourself to be emotionally vulnerable. That's real intimacy. I've been fortunate and very blessed to have experienced what it's like to reach that level of trust, and, yes, it's a beautiful thing.I think that can also happen, and probably needs to happen if one has a therapist, but I think it is a lovely thing that happens between two people in a relationship, where you get to know the person so deeply that emotional nakedness is the most intimate interaction between their souls. It's risky to expose that much of yourself, but if the trust is strong enough, then I could see it happening.