Kissing is an integral part of any healthy relationship and we humans kiss in a numerous ways. The way you kiss your partner reveals a lot about your personality.
Slow burn: When couples gently kiss each other on the lips it is about 'teasing and delayed gratification'
A delicate and tender kiss in which partners brush their lips without much pressure is 'all about anticipation,' Phil explained of the kissing style depicted in the infographic illustrated by Maya Borenstein.
Sheril noted in her essay that lips are packed with sensitive nerve endings and 'even a light brush sends a cascade of information to our brains helping us to decide whether we want to continue and what might happen next'.
Because this type of kiss is typically a prelude to more physical intimacy, it is described as being about 'teasing and delayed gratification' and usually shared between two people who are deeply comfortable with each other.
Pucker up: A quick peck on the lips is a way for two people to 'test the waters' before going farther with their physical relationship
The peck is considered is reminiscent of many people's first kisses, and it is typically a quick, playful exchange as both people keep their lips closed.
For people who are kissing for the first time or just started dating, Phil explained that a peck is 'all about testing the waters'. It is a sign that a person would like to continue a physical relationship but wants to make sure that the other person feels the same.
However, as a relationship deepens it becomes a sign of comfort as it can be an intimate way to say 'hello' or 'goodbye' to your partner.
One at a time: A single-lip kiss in which two people kiss only one of their partner's lips at a time is 'all about love'
The single-lip kiss is a distant relative of the peck. When two people enjoy a single-lip kiss they are kissing only one of their partner's lips at a time.
This type of kiss is more intimate than a peck because the partners choose to be deeply focused on one section of the other's mouth. However, it is a slow kiss that can seem more romantic that more aggressive open mouth kisses.
According to Phil, the single-lip kiss is a kiss that is 'truly all about love'.
Up close and personal: A French kiss, which is characterized by two people massaging their tongues during an open mouth kiss, is all about wanting to get to know the other person more
When couples engage in a French kiss, they massage their tongues together, and according to Phil this type of smooch is about exploration and wanting to get the know the other person even more.
And while this kiss is meant to be a sensual and passionate experience for both partners, things can easily go array if one person awkwardly darts their tongue – or worse, shoves it down the other person's throat.
'Beneath the surface, a kiss serves as the ultimate litmus test for a relationship,' Sheril wrote in her essay for CNN. 'It can urge us to pursue a deeper connection with someone special or act as a warning to back off when something just doesn't feel right.'
Wet and wild: Sloppy kisses can be sign of an intense physical relationship as it is characterized by partners exchanging saliva without abandon
When two people throw caution to the wind and 'swap spit' during open mouth kisses, it is typically a sign of an intense physical relationship and sexual energy.
These types of kisses can often lead to the bedroom as partners freely explore each other's mouths without abandon or fear of boundaries.
In her book, Sheril explained that men 'tend to express a preference for wet, sloppy, open-mouthed kisses' but noted that women can be fans of this type of kiss as well.
However, just like the French kiss, two people can quickly learn they aren't compatible if one person enjoys sloppy kisses and the other doesn't.
Feeling friendly: Whether they are exchanged between friends or lovers, a kiss on the cheek is a sign of strong friendship and fondness for another person
A kiss on the cheek doesn't always have to be between romantic partners as it can be shared between friends or in some cultures as a greet.
Phil explained that a peck on the cheek shows friendship and affection and 'all about conveying that you like someone'.
And while someone can easily have romantic feelings for the person who they are kissing on the cheek, this type of kiss isn't about sexual desires, it is about showing someone you enjoy their company.
When couples share a kiss on the cheek after years of being together, it may be a sign that they still have a strong friendship at the root of their relationship.
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