Yes, you read the title correctly… Buttons. This woman must simply love zips… Zip-a-dee-doo-daah!
Oh, how the brain can be so crazy at times. When you hear of these phobias and fears that people have, it may cause some poeple to question whether they are real or not… Let me tell you about this lady whose life is being ruined by an irrational fear of buttons… Yes.. Buttons.
Here is what this article in the Metro had to say:
She is so afraid of them she can’t stand to be in the same room if any of her friends and family are wearing a cardigan or shirt.
The 22-year-old’s fear first struck when she was just seven and refused to put on her school blouse.
She said: ‘My mum says I would freak out when it was time to get dressed for school. At first only my family knew about my fear as I was afraid people would think I was crazy if they knew.
‘For me touching a button would be like touching a cockroach, it feels dirty, nasty and wrong.’
She avoids buttons as much as possible by only wearing clothes with zips.
Ms Linkins’ fear — officially named koumpounophobia — affects one in 75,000 people.
A spokesman for the National Phobics Society said: ‘The phobia often affects children and the problem can persist into adulthood.’
Student Ms Linkins, from Waterlooville, Hampshire, has tried hypnotherapy and self-help tapes to try overcome her fear but nothing has worked.
She added: ‘Seeing the children’s TV show Button Moon is like watching a horror movie.’
Now, I rather naughtily and instantaneously laughed out loud when I read that… Come on. Button moon is quality kids TV!
This phobia has a name. It is not as are as we would think. They must see the irrational element to such a phobia — People with a fear of buttons are afraid of what? Being hurt somehow? Being infected? Doesn’t the brain work in some incredibly unusual and creative ways in some people?
Not much more for me to say on this one. I just find it fascinating to behold. I hope she gets it fixed.
What’s more, this woman is truly not alone… Several other people have commented on the article and admitted to having the same fear…