Xenophobia – fear of foreigners

It comes from the Greek phrases (xenos), which means “stranger,” “foreigner” and (phobos), meaning “fear.” Xenophobia can present itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup in direction of an outgroup, including a worry of dropping identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and need to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity. Xenophobia may also be exhibited in the type of an “uncritical exaltation of another culture” during which a culture is ascribed “an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality”.

The definition of xenophobia is each common and technical. The frequent parlance is: Unreasonable fear or hatred of the unfamiliar, especially individuals of other races.The medical definition is: An irrational fear of members of a sure race foreign to one’s own, typically adjunct and secondary to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Also: One of the perspective groupings attribute of The Authoritarian Personality. A Vietnam veteran witnessed Viet Cong skinning his fellow troopers alive. He developed hatred of people with Mongol eyelids. In each cases, the xenophobia was adjunct to PTSD.

It is more broadly defined in the Dictionary of Psychology “a concern of strangers”. As outlined by the OED, it might probably mean a fear of or aversion to, not solely persons from different countries, but different cultures, subcultures and subsets of belief systems; in short, anyone who meets any checklist of criteria about their origin, religion, personal beliefs, habits, language, orientations, or another criteria. While some will state that the “target” group is a set of persons not accepted by the society, in reality only the phobic person need hold the idea that the goal group isn’t (or shouldn’t be) accepted by society. While the phobic individual is conscious of the aversion (even hatred) of the goal group, they may not determine it or settle for it as a fear.