Intimacy is a paradoxical concept as well as difficult to conceptualize. It can refer to a relationship with the Other outside us, but also with the Other inside us. From the Socratic dáimōn, to the Platonic dianoia, through the Verbum interioris of Augustine, the Lutheran "inner voice", and the "I think, therefore I am" of Descartes to the Romanticism and Idealism, and moving to the twentieth-century’s individualistic concept of intimacy, this expression of the human being has constantly changed. In contemporary society we can see an externalization of the intimacy, which no longer has its necessary concealment.
Keywords: Intimacy, identity, externalization, Other