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Example:

He feels so close at times, but so distant at others.

(Meaning that the person is open and communicative but also cold and indifferent in occasions.)

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  • Acceptable as personal figurative speech, yes.
    – TimR
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 11:38
  • 'he feels close' to who/what?
    – JMP
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 13:38
  • @ Jon Mark Perry close to person who's saying the sentence.
    – wyc
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 13:40
  • Who is that then?
    – JMP
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 13:44
  • @JonMarkPerry I guess the full sentence would be "He feels so close (to me) at times..."
    – wyc
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 13:47

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You’ve used “distant” correctly to metaphorically indicate someone who is cold or withdrawn.

“Close” is a decent opposite already, but some more natural antonyms in this case might be:

The word that popped into my mind was “present”, but dictionaries seem to think that this particular use of the word is falling out of fashion.

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He feels so close to me at times, but so distant at other times.

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