Next Set of Related Ideas. References: rover. There seems to be yet another underground society bringing their lifestyle out in the open: adult babies. Paraphilic infantilism is the psychoanalytical term used for those who like to engage in being treated as an infant or toddler.
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Verified by Psychology Today. Evolution of the Self. When young children are denied what they want, or when they feel criticized, misunderstood, or not empathized with, what they experience emotionally is hurt. And in such instances their impulse is either to dissolve into tears, and possibly retreat to their room, or stay engaged by puffing themselves up with self-righteous anger. Very few of us have any difficulty recognizing that crying conveys hurt.
Paraphilic infantilism , also known as autonepiophilia,  psychosexual infantilism ,  and adult baby syndrome  is a sexual fetish that involves role-playing a regression to an infant -like state. There is no recognized etiology for infantilism and there is little research done on the subject. It has been linked to masochism and a variety of other paraphilias. Although it is commonly confused with pedophilia , the two conditions are distinct and infantilists do not seek children as sexual partners.