Globophobia, the fear of balloons
The fear of balloons is known as globophobia and for people living with this kind of phobia, they typically avoid any proximity to balloons. They also avoid social events or gatherings where there might be balloons. They struggle to go to parties or even restaurants where they may encounter balloons because they’ve developed a deep phobia of the balloons popping. Even the sound of them squeaking or just the feeling of them is enough to prompt a reaction.
How does a fear of balloons develop?
There are many reasons for this phobia developing and it's usually caused early on in childhood. As healthy human beings, we all jump when we hear loud, unexpected noises but for most people growing up, as unpleasant as that is for us, we just learn to accept it as part of life.