A profound fear of human beings, or of human society.
- 2004, Toshio Kawai, "Postmodern consciousness in the novels of Haruki Murakami," in The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society , ISBN 1583919139, page 97.He was suffering from anthropophobia, a typical Japanese symptom which shows alienation, and liberation, from the embracing community.
It was when anthropophobia set in, when he was made uneasy by people who walked too close to him, that, sagely viewing his list and seeing how many phobias were now checked, he permitted himself to rest.
Origin of anthropophobia
- anthropo- + -phobia. Both elements are borrowed from Ancient Greek ἄνθρωπος (anthropos, “man, human”) + φόβος (phobos, “fear”) respectively.