Sexual ethics in the twenty-first century workplace. Perhaps pastors need to catch up to speed on discerning these differences, too, eh?
"Is it possible for men and women to develop close intimate relationships at work without them becoming sexual?...A psychologically intimate relationship had some of the following qualities: similar attitudes, affirming each other's worth, deep communication and disclosure, love for each other, deep trust of each other, an ability to freely ask the other for help even if it inconvenienced him or her....90 percent of respondents were either married or in a committed relationship. Of the whole sample, 20 per cent said they had a psychologically intimate relationship with a superior; 37 per cent with a peer; and 37 per cent with their subordinate...Participants in psychologically intimate relationships deliberately held back from making the relationship sexual even though love was involved and sexual attraction was present in some cases. Sometimes the partcipants acknowledged to each other that sexual attraction was present...Managers also need to be trained to understand the difference between nonsexual psychologically intimate relationships, romantic relationships, office affairs, and and sexual harrassment."