8 Things You Should Know About Trypophobia

Trypophobia is a proposed phobia (intense, irrational fear, or anxiety) of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The term is believed to have been coined by a participant in an online forum in 2005.”

Here are 8 things you should know about the bizarre trypophobia:

Caution: The following article displays images that may trigger your fear if you do suffer from trypophobia.


8. When It Started And Where It Stands

Trypophobia started in 2005 when people on the internet realized they had common aversion to photos that depicted clustered arrays of small holes. Their shared reactions resembled that of a ‘phobic’ manner. For about 10 years it was nothing but a phenomenon that grew on the internet. However, with time and research, some psychologists are convinced that this may be a true phobia, and that there is some connection between the individuals and their aversion to holes.

7. Symptoms

The symptoms of Trypophobia area pretty basic. If you feel an itchiness all over or a discomfort when you see anything with a lot of holes in it, then you may be experiencing this fear known as trypophobia. Judge it yourself while viewing the images here. Feel anything…?

6. Specific Holes?

Nope! As the images in this article show, it ranges from indents on knees, to a bicycle helmet, all the way to an Aero chocolate bar. It could be anything, it could be nothing. It could be real, it could be digital. Regardless, it’s the visual of these holes. As you may notice if you do suffer from this, an image of the holes can trigger it just as much as seeing it in person.

5. Wait, What Is This?

Trypophobia was originally considered to be a fear of shapes, but further studies showed it was really just the cluster of holes that was setting people off. Holes in skin, fruits, vegetables, objects, really holes in anything. If there’s a cluster of holes nearby, you can bet there won’t be any sufferers of trypophobia nearby. I’m sure they already know where not  to go.


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