Definition: Nyctophilia (pronounced "nict-O-‘fil-E-a ); Greek; noun
1. Love of darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness.
Why I love this word:
Some of us simply have a love or preference for the night. Either because we possess strong feelings of loneliness or because we feel more awake and creative at night. People who often feel sadness or loneliness feel most comfortable in dark spaces because we feel less exposed, less vulnerable. It's synonymous with being able to hide away a lot of emotions. Then for the creative, we sleep all day and work all night, and that's when we get some of our best work done.
Photograph by Carin Olsson