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What is a phobia against babies or kids called?

A rather cursory search brought me to the wikipedia page for fear of children: Pedophobia: [The] fear of children, fear of infants or fear of childhood [..]. This as opposed to a pathological ...
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What is the name of the phobia of dams?

As far as I know, there is no specific definition for this phobia. No search reveals anything similar. It is important to recognise that simply defining phobias is not medically useful and does not ...
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A definition of hatred towards your own nation

The word "Oikophobia" has several different definitions. In psychology, it usually means an aversion to home surroundings, or to objects in the home. However, the British philosopher Roger Scruton ...
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Why I dont like music?

I wouldn't call it a disorder, unless it significantly affects your life. Not enjoying music or not being able to produce music is known as "amusia". It probably has to do with differences in ...
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Are social phobia cases on rise, being the Internet and mobile phones with cameras the main cause for their rise?

Studies have been done to see how technology can alleviate social phobia, by communication through the net. (Yen et al 2012) Heavy use increases (general) anxiety: (Anxiety was measured using the ...
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Why are so many people arachnophobes (afraid of spiders)?

A quick lit scan suggests evolutionary advantage to being afraid of spiders and snakes. Unclear what causes this mechanism: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/10/1004_snakefears.html Social ...
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Why are so many people arachnophobes (afraid of spiders)?

Humans are most comfortable with those things that resemble themselves, both in terms of physical features and mentality. A dog, for example, may have an extra set of legs and a tail, but does not ...
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Is there any empirical support evaluating the fast phobia cure?

Witkowski has written several articles reviewing NLP (2010, 2012) and in each case has found few studies that indicate clear support for the technique. He also argues that the articles which indicate ...
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When does a fear of something constitute a phobia?

The DSM-5 criteria for Specific Phobia are: A. Marked fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, heights, animals, receiving an injection, seeing blood). Note: In children, ...
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What are the possible causes of coulrophobia?

Coulrophobia is a fear of clowns. It is a phobia not (yet?) acknowledged by the WHO or the APA as a disorder. Nonetheless it seems to be an accepted phobia in hospitalized children (Meiri et al, ...
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How can we get to know about the phobia of walk?

Exposure therapy is the most effective treatment for phobias (it has been found to be more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, and insight therapy). It's important that the ...
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What is the fear of having regrets called?

Although not a clinical diagnosis, in research on social media the term "Fear of Missing Out" (FoMo) is often used (Przybylski et al., 2013): Defined as a pervasive apprehension that others ...
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What is a phobia against babies or kids called?

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: "...
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Why are so many people arachnophobes (afraid of spiders)?

The answer can be found from evolutionary psychology. We are wired to feel fear when we encounter stimulus that look like spiders and snakes. Evolutionary psychologists argue that much of human ...
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What is the neurological mechanism behind the "fear of failure"?

According neurological perspective, Amygdala is involved in pleasurable emotional learning as well as fearful emotional learning. awareness of the aversive nature of stimuli is sufficient to guide ...
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