stranger anxiety

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A form of anxiety occurring in response to the appearance of an unfamiliar person, normally developing in infants between 6 and 8 months of age, manifested by avoidance of eye contact, hiding, or crying. It was first discussed in 1957 by the Austrian psychoanalyst René A(rpad) Spitz (1887–1974). Also called eight-month anxiety.

Subjects: Psychology.

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