In this very strange world we live in, some fears are perfectly acceptable.
Fear of heights, snakes, spiders, the dark; all of these are accepted by society. Why?
Because they are understood. Because they make sense, to some degree.
When a fear doesn't makes sense, when there is no rational reason to fear it, that is the turning point.
That is when it becomes something to scowl at, something to frown upon.
That is when a fear becomes a phobia.
And in this overwhelming, exhausting world in which we live, it can feel
that you are all alone; that you are the only one amidst the entire Earth who has
Of all phobias, globophobia (the fear of balloons) has to be one of the silliest, one of the easiest to
mock, and one of the hardest to understand. And, unfortunately, our fear is
extremely prevalent in our lives. Every trip to the grocery store, every party, every day at
work or at school, we must walk with caution, living a life of almost constant
And there is no one to turn to. Until now.
And so, you must be thinking, why? Why make this site?
Because it makes a difference to know that you're not alone.
If you're afraid of balloons, please visit the forum, post something on the Guestbook, or reply to a blog entry.
Let us know that you're out there. If you've cured your globophobia, please tell us!
This site is for companionship, for guidance, and for safety in numbers.
We can all get through this- together.
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If you have a story regarding your journey through globophobia, please send it to me (see contact)!
If you would like, you may also send in poems, artwork, or other creative works and I'll post it here.
Hi! All of my life, (I am a 35 yr old doctor), I have had a terrible fear of balloons. I have the opposite fear of you, I have no fear of the metallic ones, but the latex ones really get me going. (hot air balloons, water balloons, all ok for me too)
About the same thing happened to me, so my mother said. I was 2 or 3 at my birthday party in my backyard, and she had put little balloons on the tree, and apparently all of the boys popped them in my face. I also attribute some of the finer details of the true fear to be a fear of choking (from being startled) if a balloon pops.
Like you, I spent many horrible hours locked in bathrooms at birthday parties. When kids know this is your weak spot, of course they chase you around popping them and trying to "cure" you. Even my adult friends tried an "intervention". See, if I am in control, I can pop balloons, though not happily. Those helium tanks and the sound it makes , if they made me try that then you would see the full blown anxiety.
After all of these years, I can control my anxiety in social situations, by blocking the balloons out, but its not easy. I guess it would be easier if I actually had therapy or hypnosis for it. My sister in law is even a Phd. Psychologist!
I get a little mad about latex balloons. I think they are worthless and not good for the environment. Its nuts, i know. I am having a baby soon and don't want to pass this anxiety on to them, but i plan on keeping a balloon-free house! Its funny, my husband doesn't like balloons either!
I was bored in between patients so I just googled fear of balloons. Never thought to do anything like that before. Happy I did, thanks, JM
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