8 Things You Should Know About Trypophobia

4. Potential Treatment

Research has shown that there may be possibly be treatment, and its very similar to other phobias, further support that trypophobia should be considered a legitimate phobia. Potential treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy, neurological programming and other psychological therapies. As well, phobias in general are considered to be brought on by emotional issues, so it’s also assumed that hypnotherapy and counselling could be good measures to take for further treatment.

3. Skin Disease

A lot of people who suffer from trypophobia often complain about a sensation in their skin when they come in contact with these terrifying cluster of holes. It is considered psychological of course at this point, though there has been mention of psychologists trying to link trypophobia to a skin disease or skin condition. It’s thought that the fear of holes might be a form of aversion to scars and sores, as the fear can also be triggered by skin infections and scars.

2. Evolutionary Adaptation

The authors of a study published in 2013 in Psychological Science concluded that the phobia might actually be an evolutionary adaptation, since images that induce trypohobia share visual characteristics with a range of poisonous organisms (like snakes and spiders). While trypohobics aren’t conscious of why they recoil from clustered holes, they may be experiencing a “rapid nonsconscious response,” the authors write.

1. STD (Socially Transmitted Disease)

It’s a theory floating around, and possibly the reason for not being seen as a true phobia, but it’s considered that trypophobia is socially transmitted, being spread widely by social media and the power of suggestion. While looking at these images, its very easy to see why some may be disgusted, but it’s certainly not anything I had considered before. Maybe this idea isn’t too crazy…


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