Without emotional intimacy, a person can never fully be compassionate toward others, or feel for other people's pain and loss and livelihood. There is something with a mother and daughter that cancels out emotional intimacy or creates a distance at a very young age, and there is a closer intimacy between the father and daughter. The mother should then be closer to the son, but this doesn't always happen either, some mothers close off their children for good, and you can begin to see patterns of problems in the children, but the biggest one is this sense of compassion that is usually not there, where abuse or pain seem like nothing, no reaction, no feeling for it.
Some T.I.'s have noted that compassion does a world of good for their targeting, such as really trying to work with people who are disadvantaged, pouring out our hearts can not only heal us, but can heal the world as well. To do this, its important to open up and be vulnerable with certain people that will receive you, this is emotional intimacy and will help you improve yourself and the world around you. If a person doesn't accept you in this light, you will stop going to them, or limit your involvement with them. This creates poverty of spirit, and can damage you from improving your life.