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Omphalobobia, or fear of belly buttons

Omphalobobia, or fear of belly buttons

Fear of belly buttons Ophalophobia is a type of specific phobia. Specific phobias, also called simple phobias, are extreme, persistent fears that focus on a particular thing. In this case, the focus is on the human navel, or belly button. Phobias can include touching or looking at your belly button, other people, or both. As with other specific phobias, you may be fully aware that this is not rational, but you cannot help it. Thinking about belly buttons increases your anxiety, and you may also experience physical symptoms. Phobias come under the umbrella of anxiety disorders. About 12.5 percent of adults in the United States have a certain phobia during their lifetime, and there is a long list of common and unique fears. Some well-known phobias include fear of blood, spide...