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I have heard about people that experience fears for other people, or groups of people; for example a fear for babies.

  • Is this a recognized pathologocal condition, or is it just a form of antisocial behavior; or maybe a sort of fear for the unknown, such as new fathers fearing their newborn?
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A rather cursory search brought me to the wikipedia page for fear of children:

[The] fear of children, fear of infants or fear of childhood [..].

This as opposed to a pathological love for children, or pedophilia, which as an ongoing sexual attraction to pre-pubertal children.

In case it is a fear specifically for infants, there is a more narrowly scoped type of phobia defined, namely:

[T]he fear of infant. It is more commonly suffered by adults, especially fertilizable women. The fear is commonly triggered due to miscarriage, and pressures on caring for baby.

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This specific phobia doesn't exist, but I think that the symptom you described could be part of a Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

According to DSM-5, a criterion for the diagnosis is: "Marked fear or anxiety about one or more social situations in which the individual is exposed to possible scrutiny by others. Examples include social interactions (e.g., having a conversation, meeting unfamiliar people), being observed (e.g., eating or drinking), and performing in front of others (e.g., giving a speech)."

REFERENCES DSM - 5 (2013)

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