Growing Up With Globophobia (Yes, It’s A Real Thing)

August 25, 2017

I grew up with a somewhat irrational and misunderstood phobia which affected social situations for me from as young as I can remember; that phobia being Globophobia.

Globaphobia is the fear of balloons or the fear of balloons popping, some people can’t even look, smell or touch a balloon without feeling anxious. Birthday parties were a little traumatic for me and what I hated the most was balloon modelling – the noise of latex being twisted and scraped was like fingernails down a chalkboard for me. It still makes me recoil thinking of those noises to be honest.

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I can’t pinpoint a specific event to result in this phobia but according to my mum I was really sensitive to loud noises from birth. Dogs barking, buses driving past and police car sirens would result in a lot of tears. Fast forward to starting school and the inevitable birthday parties every other weekend. If I arrived at the party and there were balloons I clung onto my parents for dear life – I did not want them near me for fear of them popping. Other children would be queuing excitedly for their balloon dog whereas I would be on the other side of the room to get away from the noise.

Growing up a lot of people didn’t understand which was hard for me, especially being a child and not really knowing how to express yourself. The symptoms of my phobia included sweating, trembling and a risen heartbeat, not dissimilar to other phobias. I was ok if I was the one in control and handling the balloons, but put me in a room of children hitting each other with them and I would panic.

Where am I now? Luckily I seem to have mostly grown out of this phobia, however I can still feel a little on edge now and then if I see a loose balloon bouncing down the gravel pavement just waiting to burst. Do you have a lesser-known phobia? Share your story below 🙂

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2 responses to “Growing Up With Globophobia (Yes, It’s A Real Thing)”

  1. Chloe says:

    I can relate too or his so much because I have the same fear. A balloon popped in my face as a child so it’s just terrorised me for good. I can’t even go into a restaurant if balloons are there and if I see a kid with a balloon there I freak out. I used to feel super embarrassed about this fear, but I kinda just get on with it.

    Thanks so much for this really good read!

    Chloe | chloetommo.co.uk
    xoxo

    • wellnessandwander says:

      Oh no! It is funny how things that happen to us at such a young age can really affect us in our adult life. I used to be embarrassed about it too but there are so many people with the same phobia x

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