“Agoraphobia is a condition where the sufferer becomes anxious in environments that are unfamiliar or where he or she perceives that they have little control. Triggers for this anxiety may include open spaces, crowds (social anxiety), or traveling (even short distances). Agoraphobia is often, but not always, compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public.”

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Comic stuff

If you like comics, you may want to read a piece I wrote for Inspire a couple of months ago.

It’s safe to say that this one comic book has shaped the Finnish language, even the national psyche, for decades, to the point where Finns consider themselves to be Donald, the duck with no luck at all.

Full story here (as a pdf), or here in a fine Web magazine. It’s not all Finland, in case you’re wondering.

Kääk! as he says in Finnish.