This paper discusses selected diagnoses and prognoses that concern the status of the intimate sphere in the contemporary Western culture. Both diagnoses that emphasize positive aspects of contemporary transformations of intimacy (emancipation) and those that focus on the negative aspects (objectification) are considered. Similarly, when it comes to prognoses – which take into account the impact of modern technology, as well as replacing human beings with inanimate objects – opposing points of view that concern the future development of love, sexual, family and friendly relationships in the Western world are presented. The last parts of the text examines the perspective of the transition from cultural narcissism to cultural autism.
Keywords: Intimacy, emancipation, objectification, dolls, robots, narcissism, autism