All About Globophobia, the Fear of Balloons, and How to Overcome it with Psychological Therapy & Counselling

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What is Globophobia?

Globophobia is the Fear of Balloons and, like all other fears and phobias, can be a cause of significant anxiety and stress if you suffer from it.

There may be a number of reasons why you developed Globophobia, for example:

  • Negative experiences associated with Balloons in the past.
  • “Inheriting” the fear of Balloons from a parent who suffered from it.
  • You may have Phonophobia the fear of loud noises.

However, there is no scientific evidence that Globophobia is the result of any kind of biological fault or chemical imbalance in spite of the traction that biomedical models of mental illness are given in the media.

On the contrary, Globophobia is much more likely to be the result of your own, subjective evaluation (meaning-making) of what happened to you and is therefore better described as a psychosocial phenomenon.

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Globophobia Symptoms & Behaviours

All phobias, including Globophobia, create feelings of anxiety because phobic objects or situations are always perceived as a threat.

Consequently, the symptoms of Globophobia are both specific and generic and may include:

  • Anxiety or panic attacks: The thought of being near or touching balloons can trigger intense feelings of anxiety or panic.

  • Avoidance behaviour: People with globophobia may go to great lengths to avoid balloons and situations where balloons may be present.

  • Physical symptoms: Panic attacks and anxiety can lead to physical symptoms like sweating, trembling, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath.

  • Obsessive thoughts: People with globophobia may have obsessive thoughts about balloons, such as worrying that a balloon might pop unexpectedly.

  • Difficulty functioning: In severe cases, globophobia can interfere with daily life, making it difficult to attend social events or participate in activities where balloons may be present.

You may have all, some or even different symptoms to these listed here and this is due to the subjective nature of Globophobia.

However, you should also be aware that many of these somatic symptoms (symptoms felt in the body) WILL subside over time and rarely last for more than 20 to 30 minutes.

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What Causes Globophobia?

It’s possible that your Globophobia may be the result of traumatic events or adverse situations that you experienced at some point in your life.

For example, somebody may have popped a balloon next to your ear as a child (or adult!) which startled you so much you developed a fear .

However, because a Fear of Balloons is by no means universal, the most likely explanation for your Globophobia is the way you understood and made sense of your earlier experiences around which you have built a set of beliefs.

Is your phobia making you anxious or are you creating the anxiety?

It might be hard to accept, but it’s almost certain that the anxiety you experience when you encounter your phobic object or situation is being unwittingly created by YOU and NOT the thing you fear.

Find out more about the subjective vs objective nature of phobias here.

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Counselling and Therapy for Globophobia

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for Globophobia the Fear of Balloons.

Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:

  • How long you have had your phobia.
  • Your personal preferences.
  • How your phobia is affecting you today.

You can read more about the different types of therapy for Globophobia on the following links:

Although all forms of psychotherapy use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.

Furthermore, research also suggests that the therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.

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Behaviour Change Framework – BCF

All of our Globophobia counselling sessions and programmes are enhanced by applying the Behaviour Change Framework (BCF).

This scientifically proven protocol clearly defines the incremental stages of behaviour change that you need to go through in order to achieve long lasting and sustainable change.

Drawn from the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change (TTM), the framework provides a roadmap that not only gauges the current stage of progression through the change process, but also indicates if more change is required before entering the next phase of therapy or coaching.

In this way, we are able to ensure that you get the best possible level of support in overcoming your problems as well as ensuring that we don’t terminate the change process prematurely.

You can read more about the Science of Change here.

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Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming Globophobia or recovering from related mental health problems then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular phobia and the different types of mental health counselling we offer without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.

The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.


Applied Psychology Solutions

If you’d like to learn how to overcome Globophobia but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences with the CORE Programme.

If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Not Ready to Commit to Therapy Quite Yet?

Then why not see if you can solve your fear of balloons using our comprehensive, Online Self-Help CBT course.


Written especially for people who prefer not to engage with a therapist before doing everything they can to overcome their problems.

Mirroring our in-house course of CBT, it contains everything that you need to know to tackle mental health challenges for only £149.

Counselling Locations

We offer counselling for globophobia problems for people living in:

  • Wombourne
  • Wolverhampton
  • West Midlands
  • Shropshire
  • South Staffordshire
  • Telford
  • Shrewsbury

You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.