The fear of buttons
“Koumpounophobia is a relatively rare phobia, but one that does exist. It is, simply explained, an irrational and persistent fear of buttons (standalone ones or those on clothing).”
This would be a tough one to overcome. Buttons are everywhere! Sure, you can control what you wear and whether or not you have buttons nearby you specifically, but what about everyone else?! I guess it depends how severe the phobia is for you.
The fear of cotton balls
“Sidonglobophobia is the fear of cotton balls. It is also called Bambakophobia where Bambaki stands for cotton in Greek while phobos means deep dread or fear.”
It may seem like this could be an easy one to avoid, but realize this means no to medicine bottles, it means a big no to Q-Tips, and really wherever else you may find cotton balls!
The fear of beards
“Pogonophobia is the irrational, persistent and often unwarranted fear of beards. The word is derived from Greek pogon (beard) and phobos (fear).”
This phobia is said to be considered more humorous or playful, but there has apparently been actual cases of people being terrified of others with beards. I know a lot of people (myself included) who those people would not want to be around.
The fear of holes
“Trypophobia is a proposed phobia (intense, irrational fear, or anxiety) of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The term is believed to have been coined by a participant in an online forum in 2005.”
So this phobia is a little different. It isn’t necessairly recognized as of yet as a true phobia, though many, many people on blogs and internet forums claim to experience this, and you have to admit, it’s a little strange to look at. With the short history, but vast information on this phobia, be sure to visit this phobias list of its own! You can be sure you’ll be seeing more about this one.