Prep work is done.
What is allowed on this board? What is its purpose?
On this board you can discuss and request or give advice regarding the Hikikomori lifestyle anxieties and social or mental issues arising from these conditions of living and also post general hikikomori discussion If you're content with being a hikikomori that's ok, and you won't get in trouble for saying so.
Make Sure to read the rules before posting.
WHAT Does HIKIKOMORI MEAN?
The term Hikikomori ひきこもり or 引きこもり is a Japanese word that when translated into English it means “pulling inward, being confined”,acute social withdrawal “) in context of a person the term refers to a shut-in who stays home and does not leave their room for very long periods usually for about 6 months or more.
WHAT IS A HIKIKOMORI?
Hikikomori is a social condition in which the affected individual isolates themselves away from society at home in their parents house in their room for a period exceeding six months . The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan defines hikikomori as a condition in which the affected individuals refuse to leave their parents' house, and isolate themselves away from society and their family in their bedrooms for a period exceeding six months but is not directly caused by a physical condition or other psychological problem.
So A NEET?
Most hikikomori are neets and are supported by their parents or get money from the government however if you work or take classes online at home while still not going outside you are still a hikikomori but not a neet and a neet isn’t necessarily a hikikomori nor vice versa. You could be a hikikomori neet. But if you are a neet that does spend a moderate amount of time outside your house you are still a neet but you are not a hikikomori
DO HIKIKOMORI GO OUTSIDE?
Yes and no contrary to popular belief most hikikomori actually do go outside for example to buy food but are still completely isolated socially and spend nearly everyday or almost everyday at home in their rooms however some hikikomori live in extreme conditions and never leave the house at all.
AM I HIKIKOMORI IF I LEAVE THE HOUSE TO GO TO SCHOOL/WORK?
NO Going to your day job not socializing while out at work/school going home and staying in your room for the rest of the night is NOT AND DOES NOT MAKE YOU A Hikikomori being a hikikomori and a shy introverted person are not the same thing.
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DOES HIKIKOMORI EXIST OUTSIDE JAPAN?
Yes While initially a Japanese phenomenon, Hikikomori happens all around the world
IS HIKIKOMORI A MENTAL ILLNESS?
No Hikikomori is its own unique condition that is caused by factors other than mental or physical conditions such as social and societal pressure and while most Hikikomori are mentally ill mental illness is usually not the direct cause of the isolation hikikomori is a reaction to society's stress that is not caused by mental or physical conditions.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A HIKIKOMORI?
The Hikikomori Diagnosis
1. Spending most of the day and nearly everyday confined to home,
2. A marked and persistent avoidance of social situations, and social relationships,
3. Social withdrawal symptoms causing significant functional impairment,
4. A duration of at least six months, and
5. No apparent physical or mental etiology to account for the social withdrawal symptoms.
New comers and outsiders please take these into consideration thank you. if you're not a hikikomori you will be banned.