Just as you need to do your inner work, they need to have done theirs.
I’m amazed how many people really don’t know themselves well, making it especially difficult for us to know them and to be sure they’re emotionally available.
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Quiet conversation is ideal, as is limiting or avoiding alcohol.
If you’ve given yourselves the opportunity for emotional intimacy to grow and it hasn’t, you haven’t failed.
This is just not the right relationship to take to that deeper level.
It’s okay to be the first to open-up, but if it’s not reciprocated soon, hold off going deeper and evaluate what’s happening.
It’s easy to overlook that the extent of sharing is not equal.
Experience a variety of circumstances so that different aspects of your personalities emerge.