Many of the enemies of a relationship are also enemies of intimacy. Intimacy is really a closeness of two humans emotionally and physically and anything which reduces this closeness can be considered to be a disruptive influence or a potential enemy.
Much less communication,
disrespectful and critical comments,
hiding or lying about true feelings and events causes distrust,
an overly domineering attitude which minimizes sharing,
getting bored with predictable repetitive routines,
mental and/or physical abuse,
loss of a job,
over dedication to job,
sexual denial by wife,
disagreement on how to raise offspring,
getting old, and
an increase in combative or arguing behavior are potential causes of decreasing intimacy and correspondingly threats to the relationship.
Some may argue that loss of a job, financial overspending, a severe addiction, and adultery are indirect causes of a reduction in intimacy but all of these behaviors can directly increase arguing, distrust, disrespectful and critical comments so intimacy is still affected adversely even if this happens indirectly.
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