What is that?
B is for Bambakophobia... the fear of cotton balls.
(I can hear you laughing from here.) Yes, I am afraid of cotton balls - the sound of two rubbing together or the texture as a cotton ball is pulled apart - it gives me shivers and I don't even like thinking about it. I have a phobia.
Specific Phobias can be further broken down into four categories: animals, medical, natural environment, and situational. Regardless of the source of anxiety, the symptoms are the same:
Fear: a fear, terror or dread when confronting the object or situation.
Panic: dizziness, sweating, tingling, numbness and even shortness of breath when confronting the object or situation.
Avoidance: a willingness to go out of your way to avoid the object or situation, so much so that it interferes with everyday activities.
Worry: stress and/or anxiety surrounding the thought of contact with the object or situation.
It's okay to talk about your phobias and honestly, I am not terrified of cotton balls. But I do NOT like them and I refuse to use them. When cleaning make-up off my face, I use those cotton squares, which are not as uncomfortable and I can touch them, but I still don't like them. Cotton balls are gross.
What is your phobia?