Fear of Buttons
The fear of buttons is not common. Unlike a fear of bees or insects, or even a fear of heights or a fear of swimming, buttons are not one of the more well-known phobias in the medical community. Nonetheless, many people suffer from a sometimes unexplained fear of buttons that may be linked to other mental issues like OCD, or in some cases, is not linked to any other type of mental issue or discernable experience. The fear of buttons is known in the psychological community as koumpounophobia, and around one in seventy-five thousand people, by modern estimates, are believed to possess this phobia. Steve Jobs is an example of a famous sufferer of an intense fear of buttons.
Your fear of buttons may be fairly benign and annoying, or it may actually be crippling. For some people, the mere thought of buttons is enough to trigger a major panic attack. Some people have to physically see buttons in person or in photographs in order to feel fear. Unfortunately, those who possess a deep fear of buttons can only often work in environments where they are allowed to dress casually, wearing clothes without buttons. For other people, they only fear buttons during some times of the year or month, or don’t mind buttons that have a certain texture. They may not be triggered by rough buttons, smooth buttons, or so on and so forth.
There are a lot of factors that play into the development of phobias, including issues with dressing oneself as a child, or a traumatic experience where buttons were broken or lost. While we underestimate the impact that childhood horrors and fears have upon us in our adult life, some fears tragically remain with people throughout their lives. These fears can develop into phobias which produce crippling panic attacks, anxiety, heaving and coughing, asthmatic symptoms, vomiting, and other side effects.
The fear of buttons has been strongly connected to obsessive compulsive behavior in many patients, and sometimes also to the fear of certain textures, which extends to other smooth or polished objects. Not all koumpounophobes are afraid of other smooth objects, and not all of them have OCD or other issues. There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that koumpounophobes are often meticulous groomers, nail-biters and hangnail biters, self-mutilators, scab-pickers, and possess other OCD-spectrum behaviors, as well.
Fear of buttons has been on the rise in recent years from children who saw the popular movie based on the book “Coraline”, which has a number of characters who had buttons for eyes, sewn-own by the antagonist in a twisted version of the real world. Children who saw this movie sometimes develop a fear for buttons. Famously, the title character, Coraline, develops a fear for button because of her experiences with buttons in the alternate world. Childhood experiences are usually responsible for providing the foundation of phobias later in life, and a traumatic childhood incident involving buttons, such as choking on buttons, or being sexually, physically, or emotionally abused by someone who wore a buttoned shirt or blouse might cause subconscious associations to form within the mind.
Some modern scientific theories tell us that humans may be naturally prone to fear circular objects, as they look a lot like holes, pits in the skin, or represent crevices and caves that lead into the unknown. We may have an evolutionary fear of circular objects that manifests itself, sometimes, in the fear of buttons.
Regardless of the root cause of your phobia, hypnotherapy/NLP has helped many sufferers of this insidious phobia cope with or eliminate their fear of buttons entirely.
Hypnotherapy/NLP for Button Phobia
Hypnotherapy/NLP has proven effective in many cases for curing phobias or lessening their impact upon life. Hypnotherapy/NLP is about clarifying the root of the phobia, so that the cause can be confronted at the subconscious level. Once the trigger and cause of the phobia is determined, it is much easier to understand why it causes fear. Hypnosis brings one into a relaxed yet clear state of mind. It’s not quite sleep, but it’s not quite being awake, either. It is an intense, clear focus that allows for visualization of memories, as well as the past, present, and future.
It is very common for people with phobias to not have any memory of what actually originally caused the phobia to form. Sometimes, fears stretch all the way back to infancy or early childhood. Hypnosis can help bring these memories to the surface. It helps you figure out exactly what caused the irrational fear to be associated with buttons. Once you find the underlying cause of your phobia with the help of a professional hypnotherapist, you will be able to more easily confront it and stop associating feelings of fear and anxiety with buttons.
Hire a Professional Hypnotherapist for Anxiety Related to Buttons
A hypnotherapist can help you confront these feelings of fear, so that you stop associating a threatening feeling with the object in question. Hypnotic regression allows a trained hypnotherapist to help you change your bad memories and the feelings you associate with them. If you’ve never gone through hypnotherapy/NLP before, most people are highly receptive to hypnosis. You are in complete control of the process of hypnosis, and you can wake yourself up out of it at any time. No one can insert bad memories or suggest things to you against your will.
Hypnotism was initially regarded with disdain by the larger medical community, but recent studies have shown that it is highly useful in helping patients diagnose the root causes of their paranoia and helping them achieve deep relaxation and reduce anxiety.
Choose a hypnotherapist who has helped thousands of clients break away from the fears that hold them back. If you have a phobia centering on buttons or any other object or living thing, hypnotherapy/NLP might be able to help you take your life back. I am an expert at helping people overcome their most deeply-rooted fears with the help of world-class hypnotherapy/NLP sessions.