What Is Trypophobia?
Trypophobia is defined as an irrational fear of multiple holes placed closely next to each other. One of the most understandable examples is a beehive; however, anyone who googles the phobia will find themselves bombarded with images of lotus pods photoshopped into people's body parts. As with other phobias, when people with Trypophobia are around trigger objects or images, they may feel a need to itch themselves, they may feel sick or they may run from it, but why would anyone be afraid of holes, especially, photoshopped ones, anyway? There are multiple theories.
Those afraid of holes in the skin are often afraid of infection. Some of the images created online use a lotus seed pod that has been turned into a wound on someone's body. They change the plant's color to match the skin-tone and add red for swelling and/or blood. Our human vulnerability to infection makes it easier to trust fake images such as these since infection and wounds are a reality. Holes in the skin can be a threat to our health.
Insects and small animals like to burrow in the ground, in trees and so on; therefore, it is no surprise the sight of holes would cause great concern for some. The mystery of whether or not insects lie within those holes is what makes one panic. Then again, even if the creatures are not in the holes, presently, they could be nearby. It's a survival tool to be able to identify these signs; therefore, it isn't so crazy to investigate.
Since many poisonous insects and animals have diverse sized spots on their bodies, there is a theory that evolution has taught us to instinctively fear irregular patterns. Examples of poisonous animals with these spots are the dart frog and the Timber rattlesnake. In evolutionary theory, the survivors learned how to identify danger before they became victims; therefore, the families of these survivors know what to avoid, too.
Trypophobia sufferers fear some foods with holes. Perhaps the reason is the same for why skin with holes and/or nature with holes would make someone uneasy; they could fear an infestation and/or impurity within. This type of fear makes it very difficult as many foods naturally have holes in them; especially, bread-based foods and cheese.
Trypophobia has yet to be officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association; however, research by scientists Geoff Cole and Arnold Wilkins shows in favor of it being a real phobia; although, they agree it stems from an evolutionary survival skill rather than being completely illogical.
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Trypophobia-The unofficial word describing persons with an irrational fear of clusters of holes, pods, circles, cracks, and/or other asymmetrical shapes
Phobias are about irrational fears, and this article may help some people understand this one. Hopefully, it hasn't made readers believe they have it. It is understandable that after learning about this phobia some question if it personally affects them. If this is the case, there are a number of options to free oneself from this disturbing disease.
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