agoraphobia

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agoraphobia

a pathological fear of being in public places, often resulting in the sufferer becoming housebound

agoraphobia

[ə‚gȯr·ə′fōb·ē·ə]
(psychology)
Abnormal fear of open places.
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Fulfilling an agoraphobe's needs is not the only possibility of the web.
(7) And it is difficult not to read the heart of a conflicted agoraphobe into Arnold's complaint of a world divided between living either in tormented solitude or suffering infection by "unavoidable contact with millions of small [natures]." (8) As, however, the rhetorical doubling of the offhandedly enumerated collective "mortal millions" and a solitude no less general evinces, the distinction between the crowd and the isolated su bject is not always so clear in Arnold.
De Niro is in talks to star as an obsessive-compulsive agoraphobe who is forced to leave his home for the first time in six years to avert a murder.
Sherry Vine is frothy and fine as the bloodthirsty agoraphobe who axes to smithereens a randy pizza delivery boy (Mario Diaz), who turns out to be in cahoots with the evil housekeeper (Jackie Beat).
I who am not a true agoraphobe but am what might be called a "borderline agoraphobe" or "semi-agoraphobe," come therefore understandably to love very deeply "Cabin 1009/Exterior Port."[22] It is made of a fawn-colored enamelish polymer and its walls are extremely thick and solid: I can drum annoyingly on the wall above my bed for up to five minutes before my aft neighbors pound (very faintly) back.
It takes a visit by a beautiful pizza delivery girl (Yu Aoi) and a random earthquake to lure the hermit out of his cave, whereupon he finds he's not the only agoraphobe in town.
Perhaps the most useful sections are the first three chapters, including "Why Travel Solo?" and "Getting Beyond the Excuses." With her brisk, persuasive tone, Whitman could convince an agoraphobe to consider a trek to the pyramids or the Great Wall of China.