An empty space can be viewed as something with much potential as it can be converted to anything a person wants. But for persons with kenophobia, empty spaces or voids are viewed as something scary.
This fear can be passed on from the parents wherein they have lived in a house full of stuff that may be viewed by others as a clutter but for that household it makes fills the emptiness of the home. Filling voids gives the phobic personality the feeling that they are placing boundaries around themselves. For them, an open space can mean emptiness and being alone and this phobia is closely associated with fear of solitude.
A phobic individual does not mind having guests but find it uncomfortable visiting others especially if they visit a big house with a big empty guestroom. They would rather stay in a small and cramped space than be in a spacious room. Symptoms of Kenophobia include tremors, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, loss of control, urge to flee empty spaces, nausea and fainting.
Engaging in a therapy can help a kenophobic, to understand the fear and how to manage future fear triggers. Individuals also respond well to anti-anxiety medications.