koumpounophobia (button phobia) - anyone suffering from this?

  • duglyduckling

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    Jan 30, 2008 5:59 AM GMT
    For the longest time, I thought I was the only one, but turns out there are a lot of people suffering from koumpounophobia...
    http://www.kamps.org/haje/koumpounophobia-fear-of-buttons/

    Does anyone here suffer from this phobia??

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    And apparently, the most famous one is Apple's Steve Jobs.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/25/the_skinny/main3095726.shtml

    At last, the great Steve Jobs' Achilles heel is revealed! Except it's more like a wrist, surrounded by a conspicuously button-free cuff.

    The Wall Street Journal fronts its paper today with a reach-around profile revealing that the Apple mogul has a pathological fear and loathing of buttons.

    And it goes way beyond the sleekly buttonless iPhone. The elevator in Apple's Tokyo stores has no floor buttons, forcing vistors to stop at every floor. That trademark black turtleneck that's become his uniform for public appearances? See any buttons on that? And let's not even get into his fight over putting buttons on the mouse, or requirement that early Macs be designed without arrow keys.

    Apparently, anyone threatened by Jobs need only hold up one of those all-in-one stereo-TV-VCR-DVD remote controls to send him shrieking back to the shadows like Dracula confronted by a crucifix.
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    Jan 30, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    Do not have it, never heard of it, and can not pronounce it, but I am curious. If you have a fear of buttons how do you get dressed and what do you wear?icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 30, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    Bad things can happen when you push buttons!

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    Jan 30, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    Quite the opposite for me. Here is an example of me when I was a young duck.

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    Jan 30, 2008 6:03 PM GMT
    alexander7 saidDo not have it, never heard of it, and can not pronounce it, but I am curious. If you have a fear of buttons how do you get dressed and what do you wear?icon_confused.gif


    My fear isn't as extreme as some others, but I do avoid wearing regular dress shirts or polo shirts or whatever. I only wear it if I absolutely have to, such as for work, but once I get home, I take it off as quickly as possible, as if it's radioactive or something lol.

    I know it's bizarre, but I can't explain the phobia either.
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    Jan 31, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    "Does anyone here suffer from this phobia??"

    Not me. I wear 501 jeans, and I think this is one of the coolest stores in NYC:

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  • duglyduckling

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    Jan 31, 2008 2:53 AM GMT
    ARRRRHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! *screams and hides*

    Now that's a scary place!!
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    Jan 31, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    I think I swallowed a button once... icon_rolleyes.gif

    It tasted like everything else.
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    Jan 31, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    I have a button in my belly whatever would you do
  • duglyduckling

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    Jan 31, 2008 3:00 PM GMT
    chungo44 saidI have a button in my belly whatever would you do


    like most others, it's just the plastic ones that I have a fear of, not the metallic ones or the human belly version ;)
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    Jan 31, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    but you can press mine its an actual button
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    Feb 05, 2008 10:28 AM GMT
    When I was a kid I refused to wear anything that had buttons. My parents thought it was the strangest thing. Eventually I grew up to where I had to wear dress shirts or whatever. I can wear them once I get used to them, but only that shirt. Doesn't matter if another looks like it, it freaks me out to wear something I'm not used to.