I learnt about intramolecular hydrogen bonding today, which occurs between molecules such as ortho-nitrophenol. What I was told is that in case of intramolecular bonding, the molecules separate from each other, opposite of what happens during intermolecular hydrogen bonding.
I don't understand why is this. Why would attraction within a molecule cause separation of the molecules? There is obviously some intermolecular hydrogen bonding present in this case, but I understand that this might be negligible. Still, why should the molecules spread away from each other?