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?

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.


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)."



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