claustrophilia


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claustrophilia

Paraphilic sexuoeroticism that hinges on being confined in a small, cramped space.

claustrophilia

(klaws-trō-fĭl′ē-ă) [L. claustrum, a barrier, + Gr. philein, to love]
Dread of being in an open space; a morbid desire to be shut in with doors and windows closed.
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Freed's first play, Still Warm, is about the life and death of news anchorwoman Jessica Savitch; it was followed by companion one-acts, Claustrophilia, about Edgar Allan Poe, and The Ghoul of Amherst, about Emily Dickinson.
The entire narrative takes place within the protagonist's room, maintaining a feeling of claustrophilia akin to that in a cell.
She dismissed speculation that MrWilliams died as a result of some kind of "auto-erotic activity", also denying there was any evidence to suggest claustrophilia - the love of enclosed spaces - was of any interest to him.
Examination of his home computer showed he had also visited websites about claustrophilia - the love of enclosure - and bondage and sadomasochism.
As in "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Dreamers," the new film touches on themes of claustrophilia (a love of enclosures) as opposed to claustrophobia, he says with an amused smile.