Claustrophilia, anyone?



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tha_tempest
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01 Jul 2009, 3:09 pm

I once read that isaac asimov was a claustrophile, meaning that he liked to be in small places

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"Asimov was a claustrophile; he enjoyed small, enclosed spaces.[16] In the first volume of his autobiography, he recalls a childhood desire to own a magazine stand in a New York City Subway station, within which he could enclose himself and listen to the rumble of passing trains while reading."

Now i've read that he probably was an aspie, so im trying to find out if any of you is a claustrophile too, at least too see if these 2 things could be related somehow.

Myself i guess i kinda like being in small places, but i have no problem with being in big places or outdoors.

Like right now ive been im my little room for a couple hours with my windows closed and i dont see a problem with that, whereas i have some friends that come to my house and ask me to open the windows and stuff, and prefer to go out when i often don't. :P



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01 Jul 2009, 4:23 pm

Yes, completely. Small places feel more secure. I can't sleep out in the open. No matter how hot, I MUST be covered. And the blanket must be tucked around under my feet. (Like, it can't be tucked into the mattress.. that creates that angle going down and doesn't feel secure, I can't tell where the edge is and if it's closed. It has to be CLOSED. I like sleeping bags.. lol.)
Small spaces just feel safer.

(On a similar-ish note, I CAN'T wear socks to bed. My feet must be covered, but they have to be bare underneath the covers)



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05 Jul 2009, 11:04 am

Maggiedoll wrote:
I can't sleep out in the open


do you mean like, in your bed, uncovered, or like in a camping or something?

Maggiedoll wrote:
On a similar-ish note, I CAN'T wear socks to bed. My feet must be covered, but they have to be bare underneath the covers


I'm kinda the opossite. i must at least have one pair of socks. only on a rare ocassion like on a really hot summer day i won't wear socks.



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05 Jul 2009, 11:32 am

I guess I am to some degree. I find myself closing doors in our house, and my wife opens them.

She is a bit claustrophobic, because when she was a child she fell down in the snow and was nearly suffocated in the snow.

I prefer smaller places and closed doors.



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05 Jul 2009, 9:18 pm

I have an odd relationship with my sense of personal space.

At times, I LOVE to be all scrunched into a small space.
It feels safe, and comforting and all that.
As a child, I remember having dreams of being in small, enclosed spaces, and how good that felt.

Yet at the same time, I have an intense love for big, wide-open landscapes.
Indeed, one of my passions is to go for long hikes through the wilderness.
In a different way, that also feels safe and comforting to me... "Familiar" is a word that comes to mind.

It seems to all depend on the context.
As in:
- A wide open space with lots of people (shopping mall, etc.) will send me into panic and disarray.
- A small, enclosed space that is the wrong light, or temperature, or some other environmental factor will equally send me into panic and disarray.

So for me, the formula is a bit more complicated.


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05 Jul 2009, 9:31 pm

I used to know a guy who slept on the top shelf of a walk-in wardrobe. He really wanted a coffin but that's a bit of a 'statement'.



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06 Jul 2009, 1:45 am

Go to HK where they will get as much small spaces as they like. :P


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07 Jul 2009, 6:09 am

When I was younger my favorite activity was exploring caves.

A lot of people are scared of caves but I feel snug and safe in a cave.



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07 Jul 2009, 7:48 am

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I once read that isaac asimov was a claustrophile, meaning that he liked to be in small places

When I first read the word 'claustrophilia' it sounded more like having intercourse with small places, which seems pretty weird. Well, it sure causes me some freaky mental images.


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07 Jul 2009, 6:21 pm

I prefer small spaces, and as a kid I was a little agrophobic, not to the degree that I avoided outdoor places, but I always felt something very bad would happen if I didn't get inside quick. I attribute it to my schitzotypy, at night I would have to close the doors and waredrobes in my room, and I felt like something was going to come along and kill me any second :lol: I've relapsed back into weird, constant fear now (probably related to the fact that I realised I am afraid of death), but I try not to act on it



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07 Jul 2009, 7:05 pm

I seem to teeter from claustrophilia, to borderline-claustrophobia.


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08 Jul 2009, 11:00 am

I hate houses with high ceilings.



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08 Jul 2009, 11:52 am

Acacia wrote:
I have an odd relationship with my sense of personal space.

At times, I LOVE to be all scrunched into a small space.
It feels safe, and comforting and all that.
As a child, I remember having dreams of being in small, enclosed spaces, and how good that felt.

Yet at the same time, I have an intense love for big, wide-open landscapes.
Indeed, one of my passions is to go for long hikes through the wilderness.
In a different way, that also feels safe and comforting to me... "Familiar" is a word that comes to mind.

It seems to all depend on the context.
As in:
- A wide open space with lots of people (shopping mall, etc.) will send me into panic and disarray.
- A small, enclosed space that is the wrong light, or temperature, or some other environmental factor will equally send me into panic and disarray.

So for me, the formula is a bit more complicated.


I feel the same way. There are certain factors that can make a small place paradise or scary. If I am snug in a bed, that is nice (unless, of course, it is hot, or I am snug in a bed with someone I don't know 8O ). If I am in an elevator that is stopped and the walls are slowly closing in, or if I am in a room where the walls and ceiling have giant spikes protruding form them, and they begin to close in on me, that is quite undesirable.

However, Acacia, I disagree with you on the outdoors place of many people. I don't necessarily feel particularly safe or in in danger, but I find it more exhilerating (i.e. a crowded city).


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08 Jul 2009, 6:08 pm

Coadunate wrote:
I hate houses with high ceilings.


mm they can be quite strange, anything over about 8 foot feels a bit too high.



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09 Jul 2009, 4:55 am

Be cautious folks, don't lock yourselves up in closets, It is not a game.

David Carradine did not survive to his claustrophilia fantasy

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