This neologism, coined first by Jacque Lacan, has been used especially by critical psychologists (Pavon-Cuellar, 2014) to challenge conventional distinctions between exteriority and interiority, surface and depth, outside and inside. The concept refers to the equal ontological status of inside and outside. The unconscious, for example, is not an expression of interiority. It is fundamentally inter subjective. Pavón-Cuéllar (2014) writes that ‘expressions of the duality exteriority-intimacy would be hypothetically replaceable by the notion of “extimacy,” which precisely joins exteriority with intimacy, and states explicitly the interpenetration and mutual transformation of both spheres. These spheres are no longer what they were in conventional psychology. They actually fade away. Exteriority is rather intimacy, but intimacy, as exteriority, is rather an “extimacy” that is no longer either intimacy or exteriority’ (pp. 661–664).
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