Schwellenangst love


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  • noun A fear of, or aversion to, crossing a threshold or entering a place, especially of a potential customer.


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From German Schwellenangst, from Schwelle ("threshold") + Angst ("anxiety").


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  • Fear of crossing a threshold to embark on something new.

    What's with the potential customer in the definition from Wiki?

    June 5, 2018

  • I think the implication is that people who are afraid to enter a place, ie. cross a threshold, are afraid of trying something new. Hence they are difficult customers to entice.

    June 5, 2018