I suffer from omphalophobia.
I didn’t think to look it up before now and not only does my fear of belly buttons have a name, there are others out there that feel exactly the same way as I do.
I can look at mine or someone else’s belly button, but I can’t touch mine, can’t stand having mine touched by someone else and I can’t stand someone else touching their own.
Piercings etc are fine, as long as they’re not being played with.
It seems to be a little rare but others suffer from it too, and they describe exactly the same thing I do.
Here’s a definition:
Omphalophobia is a specific phobia, an abnormal fear of belly buttons. It is a fairly rare phobia. People with this phobia become distressed when anyone’s navel area is subjected to touch, especially their own.
I saw this on yahoo or wiki answers, while it wasn’t an answer, the description is pretty close to mine:
What is the fear of belly buttons called?
I have a friend who hates belly buttons. She can look at a belly button and be fine, but if you touch it.. she can’t even look and she turns pail white. She says she feels completely nauseous and it just freaks her out. She can’t even touch her own belly button..
There’s even a Facebook group for us. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20412580864 same description as what I feel too:
Category: Common Interest – Self-help
Description: Omphalophobia is a specific phobia, an abnormal fear of the navel or belly button.
A group for those that have an abnormal fear of the navel, touching one’s own navel, touching someone else’s navel, seeing people touch a navel, or hearing someone talk about it.
This seems to be a rare fear to have… a quick Google search indicates there are others out there with this phobia, but not in very large numbers. I have never actually met anyone else that has it.
There may well be many different forms of Omphalophobia, but I am not personally afraid to see a belly button at all. It’s only when someone touches theirs that really bothers me, or even worse tries to touch mine. I also don’t like it when someone talks about touching one.
Honestly, I wish I didn’t even have a belly button