Fear of Leaving One's Home: Agoraphobia

Psychological Perspectives


Ken Silverstro, PhD.

It might seem peculiar to think that some people fear leaving their homes. It's not the home that is in question but the fear of going into the world outside of the home. Sometimes it is described as a fear of being in open spaces or even social surroundings. Most of the time, however, fear of leaving one's home dominates.

Associated with the fear is anxiety. This pair, anxiety and fear, are not unusual partners. We've seen this close association before with fear being the emotion and anxiety being the expression of a psychological complex or a psychological instinct. Typical agoraphobia ca...

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