Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for Bambakophobia

What is that?

Oh yes.... 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?

47 comments:

  1. To be fair, I hate the same feeling, though I wouldn't call it a phobia. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me.

    I don't think I have any phobias, though moths make my skin crawl.

    Jamie Gibbs
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  2. I never realised how common this phobia is! I used to have a friend who had this phobia, and it seemed so weird to me!

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  3. I don't have a phobia of cotton balls but I do have a phobia of sticky things that have fluff on them, or even without the fluff. i can manage sellotape and stickers but anything else freaks me out. That's not weird, right?

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  4. I never heard of the fear of cotton balls until today! I don't think this is a clinical phobia that I have, but I really don't like lint. So I get annoyed when something new I'm wearing sheds, or worse, when I'm out at a restaurant, and there's lint on my food. Bleh.

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  5. I don't like cotton balls either. Even that picture sends shivers down my spine.
    I have a problem with birds. Their beaks creep me out. Terrified of bats too and the thoughts of them getting caught in my hair (Remember The Goonies when they are confronted by hundred of bats?). Ornithophobia is a fear of birds but I can't think of a winged creature I'm not freaked out by! Yes, butterflies too! :)

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  6. I have a phobia of spiders and falling! I used to be absolutely terrified of telegraph posts! On the way to my gran and grampa's house there was a road full of them (well at the sides) and I used to close my eyes and not open them until they were gone!x

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  7. I don't like the texture of certain fleece materials. Creeps me out!

    Cool topic for a post!

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  8. are you serious? how cute & cuddly!
    i used to be afraid of bees until i had my third boy and had to face them for him (& was finally stung at 39!)

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  9. Cotton balls is a really common phobia/aversion. I don't think I have any phobias.

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  10. Ok, it is kinda funny, but I do sorta get what you're talking about, and I can see how the texture and the rubbing together could freak some people out. I wouldn't say I have PHOBIA of glitter, but I really don't like it when I get glitter stuck on my skin!

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  11. It is an interesting phobia. I never really thought it being a phobia I guess. I do not have a phobia, but there are things I do not care to be around..;) Get post and very informative about cotton ball phobia.

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  12. Wow, that's something new I learned today. :)

    Phobias...hmm. I don't have an intense fear of anything, though I can name a lot of things I'm scared of--like the common culprits: spiders, bugs, snakes, dizzying heights, enclosed spaces...etc. They only make my palms sweaty.

    Cool post!

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  13. How strange...I love cotton balls :)

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  14. For real? This is truly a thing? Wow, had no idea. Me - snakes and heights.

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  15. LOL. Okay, I shouldn't laugh but this is great! I love finding this kind of stuff out. I am totally afraid of spiders and I'm afraid of the ocean too. Mostly being IN the ocean and wondering what is waiting below me ready to eat me. *cringe* It's horrible!

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  16. I get where you are coming from....I hate getting sweaters out of the washer....they make this odd sound and they way they stretch just give me the creeps!

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  17. Dude, I'm like this with zippers. HATE the noise it makes!

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    1. Zippers, I'd never had thought of that, but they do make an annoying noise.

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  18. I am afraid of eggs. I don't know what the technical term for that is though but doesn't make me any less afraid of them.

    I don't much like cotton balls either.

    M.J. Fifield
    My Pet Blog

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  19. That is intriguing. When my daughter was an infant, she reacted very strongly against paper being balled up and crumpled. I'm particularly interested in phobias which have their root in sound.

    A compelling post.

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  20. Interesting. I never knew there was a name for it. I promise to never bring cotton balls around you. :)

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  21. I didn't realize that it had a name. Very interesting and enlightening.

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  22. Fascinating! What a name, too. There is something slighlty irksome when you rub a cottonball. Very true. I don't like spiders...or bugs in general.

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  23. I wonder what it is about cotton balls that bothers so many people. I'll use them if I have to, but they're not ideal.


    The Golden Eagle
    The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

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  24. Wow, I've never heard of anyone being afraid of cotton balls- Very interesting! At least you can control that one. It's not too often that someone would ask you to hold onto a handful of cotton balls! I don't know if I have any phobias, but I try to avoid public speaking as much as I can, and I do have a fear of getting lost.
    Glad I found your blog! All the best in the Challenge!

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  25. That's a new fear ....I love cotton balls :)

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  26. I think I have a healthy phobia of anything that wants to eat me in big gulps. Everything else is okay. Fun post:)

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  27. Imagine if the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man had been a giant cotton ball monster... from that perspective I could totally understand the fear of cotton balls

    *~MAJK~*
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  28. wow I never knew there was a fear of that...or the word for it.

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  29. OMG! My husband has this and I laugh so hard at him! I've chased him with a cotton ball before :) K, now I need to go back up and read the rest of the post, I just got so excited to read the name and see that he's not the only one ;)

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  30. I feel a little bit bad about chasing my husband with a cotton ball now :) He says the same thing, the crunchy noise and the feel of them drives him nutso! My fear is snakes, thank goodness we don't keep them in a jar in the bathroom ;)

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    1. Lol, your poor husband (though I admit I would probably do the same) Some snakes are kept in jars... those ones used on April Fool's day, lol! :)

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  31. I can't bite ice cream with my front teeth. It makes me shiver. I'm not scared of it tho, so maybe it's not a phobia? I don't like silverfish either but we don't have those where I live. Bleck. :P
    Do you not like marshmallows either? They're like cotton balls made of sugar.

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    1. Interesting point, but I do actually like marshmallows, yummy. :)

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  32. I really didn't know there was a name for this, but i guess I'm not surprised.

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  33. I had no idea - this is really quite funny, but not.
    Karen

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  34. That sound sets my teeth on edge and triggers my gag reflex! Didn't know there was a name for it, though. Thanks!


    Happy Monday!

    My A-Z

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  35. Stopping by courtesy of the A to Z challenge! This post reminds me of my favorite website, from when I was a young teen-- phobialist.com :D

    Myself, I have an irrational fear of vampires. For me to explain the why would take forever, but needless to say that the thought of those creatures sets me on edge. Ugh!

    Thanks for sharing such an interesting post. Looking forward to seeing you around! <3

    *~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

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  36. I've never heard of that phobia, but I cringe a little at thinking about the feel of cotton balls. My fear is public speaking. I'm lucky I've never passed out doing it yet!

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  37. Well, thank you for teaching me something new today. I have yet to hear of this phobia. My phobia? Heights. I even have to turn my head when watching movies involving heights and people climbing. I don't know why. Maybe my parents dropped me from Mt. Everest or something.

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    1. I know what you mean about heights! I look away from movies with heights too! I got stuck on top of the jungle gym when I was in 6th grade. Scary.

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  38. Without question, my phobia is wooden utensils. I can not stand even the thought of a popcicle stick!

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  39. I have no phobia for cotton balls, i like it.
    Interesting to know about this phobia and for B post.
    Do check my B too at GAC a-z

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  40. I don't like snakes. I live in the south now and fear I traded
    snow(from Maine) for snakes. It wasn't a good deal...

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  41. I've never heard of this phobia, such a great B word for the A to Z challenge, though. I hate being cold, to the point it might be a phobia because I avoid it all costs! ;-)

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