(Latin: lock, barrier; to close, to shut; a confined space)
2. Etymology: from Latin claustrum, "bolt, bar". The Latin claustrum stands for claudtrom and literally means "that by which anything is shut up", and is formed from claudere, "to shut".
2. A pathological desire to be confined and enclosed within a small living area: "Patients who have claustrophilia usually show a predilection or a special preference for introversion and isolation; often with a strong need for solitude and silence."
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As a result of being closed in or cornered to any degree, claustrophobics may have severe panics and physiological symptoms including increased pulse and heart beats.
There are some claustrophobics who feel that they are choking and who have shortness of breath as if something were crushing their chests.
"Bob apparently developed claustrophobic anxieties when he was a small boy and he accidentally threw his baseball through a window of his house, and then he was locked inside a closet for a few hours as punishment which had an impact on his psychological development."