Phobias are common afflictions that affect the lives of millions of people around the world. A phobia is an irrational or extreme fear of something, and to the point where it impacts your life. Typically, these phobias are understandable, and a few of the more common ones include claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), acrophobia (fear of heights), nyctophobia (fear of the dark) or aerophobia (fear of flying). There are then some truly bizarre phobias out there which may provide the majority of us with a good laugh, but for some people it is a daily struggle with these irrational fears.
12. Koumpounophobia – Fear of Buttons
One of the more famous bizarre phobias, koumpounophobia is the fear of buttons. Some people are scared of seeing or the thought of buttons, whilst some are only afraid of the texture of particular buttons and are able to wear them themselves. Traumatic experiences such as abuse or neglect by someone wearing buttons could trigger the phobia, but many also claim that it is an intense disgust and they find them dirty and a horrible texture. Steve Jobs famously had a phobia of buttons, which is perhaps why cell phones and tablets today are primarily touchscreen and button-free. Seeing as they are so common on men and women’s clothing, it can make daily life and interactions with others challenging and full of anxiety. Therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy have proven to help, although many sufferers are too embarrassed to seek professional help and instead avoid buttons at all costs.