I tend to avoid really cleaning my navel because I've always been afraid that it may unravel if I play around with it too much and I'll like, disembowel myself or something seeing as how it used to be a hole. What I'd like to know is if this is a legitimate fear or do I just have an overly active imagination?

Hi Callie,

This seems to be an irrational fear and therefore may be a phobia. Please read:

Beating Anxiety and Phobias    

Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Hon. Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.


I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at:


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BA (Psych) University of Sydney, Post Grad Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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