I have been reading through different pages on buttons ever since I was around 5 years old. When I was 7 (now 11) I finally found It was confirmed that I had Koumpounophobia, Buttons Ugh I Always hated them, especially bright coloured plastic ones. Sadly I also hate covered ones and I always have to wash my hands or spray perfume after brushing or even walking past someone wearing them. Even the word makes me shudder and seeing other people with this fear makes me feel better so I decided to share my story:
Whenever I was little me and my sister used to sit in set places on the sofa because I hated sitting by the door because it was too cold, but anyway, My mum used to sit in between us and I used to always sit on the side of her which had buttons on. She used to always wear bright coloured cardigans with horrible little, Buttons, on them and I sat there every morning to eat breakfast.
I recently found out my mum has a fear of Holes, tubes and even dented metal and to find out that Trypophobia and koumpounophobia are closely linked makes me realize why, i also have trypophobia, Luckily only mild but then again I have an extreme case of Koumpounophobia.
When I was 3 years old i actually remember my mum trying to put a dress with buttons on that she loved my sister in and I screamed and ran around my room and ended up hiding under my bed and thats when my mum knew something was up so we spoke when I was 5, hence why I started researching, and discovered our fears.
In art class I also remember a fashion topic and i was drawing a nice pair of heels and I look over to my friends and shes done an absolutely gorgeous dress, Look over 10 minutes later and she is using buttons for decoration and thats what i hate most, Decorative (the most but REALLY hate actual ones for use) , Coloured, Plastic buttons.
Thanks for reading,
Still sitting next to my mum suffering,