After living in NM for most of my life, coming to Vermont is a challenge. I tried to describe it, the physical and emotional need to see horizons, open space, expansive vistas and how the dense trees, forests and hills are claustrophobic for me. Is there a way to say that without the whole explanation?

  • Look up the term "agoraphobia." It may not apply to you, of course, but what you're experiencing may be mildly related. I'm just the opposite -- I find the wide horizons of the midwest overwhelmingly depressing. – Mark Hubbard Aug 4 '17 at 2:01
  • The only thing I can think of is what I feel: The need for the night sky. You know what I mean, I think. But I don't know how to explain that concisely to someone who has never seen the night sky in all its glory. – ab2 Aug 4 '17 at 2:02
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    @Mark Hubbard The OP has the opposite of agoraphobia. See english.stackexchange.com/questions/385012/…. And the word is not agoraphilia. I doubt a word in English exists. Possibly in Arabic or a language of desert dwellers? – ab2 Aug 4 '17 at 2:06
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    I'm hearing cabin fever and don't fence me in. – Yosef Baskin Aug 4 '17 at 3:59
  • I just came across the word kenomania/ kenophilia. See what you think. And thanks everyone! – Sam Aug 6 '17 at 18:58

Consider cenomania.

cenomania noun A strong desire to be in open, barren, and empty places away from other people. - wordinfo

The etymology suggests a desire for the 'common', like the word "cenobite", which uses "life in common" to define the lives of monks.

  • +1 That was a good find! I've edited your answer to add a link and quote, as well as for presentation and clarity. Please feel free to edit further or to roll it back. – Lawrence Aug 29 '17 at 9:29

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