Not everyone fits into society. Dropping out, or falling by the wayside, has numerous causes and many manifestations.

Two categories cover the more extreme forms — homelessness and hikikomori, a withdrawal from all social activities into the security of one’s own room, usually in one’s parents’ home. The former is characteristic of the West, the latter more typically Asian.

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