Tummy button phobia can be treated > Several callers pointed out that we missed one important ‘button’ in yesterday’s Posting about koumpounphobia. And that is the fear of tummy buttons, or omphalophobia if you want another grandiose word.
This phobia involves being afraid of having your belly button touched or tugged either by yourself or others. It is also the fear of seeing others touch their own bellybutton. Most suffers are able to look upon an untouched belly button, but become uncomfortable, nauseated and anxious when one is being touched, especially their own. Others may become nauseous from just a picture of a navel.
As for most phobias, therapy – especially hypnotherapy – can be very effective.
Maybe the best way to describe the misery caused by this fear is to quote from a sufferer … “I really freak out thinking about belly buttons being touch. Sometimes I even think I will vomit if I think too much about it. I cannot stand someone touching their belly button and worse of all if someone would touch mine – not that there is any reason why they should! I feel a freak and would never tell anyone for fear of being laughed at. Even my parents don’t understand it.”
Omphalophobia is a serious phobia, but it IS treatable. Often the cause is that that there was some sort of traumatic event in the sufferer’s life. Also the body’s skin is thinnest there, so it feels like a super-intimate place for someone to be allowed to touch.
The most important points to remember is that there is nothing to be ashamed of, you are not alone in having this phobia and it can be treated easily.