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Why People Are Afraid Of Holes, Trypophobia: Psychological Reason or Some Deep Mystery Behind It!



People have all sorts of fears. Some have a fear of small spaces or darkness. Similarly, some people are afraid of holes.


Trypophobia is a fear of clusters of small holes or bumps from the skin to wood or a plant. Some people believe it’s a weird phobia. Buttrypophobia is as real as the sickening feeling you have if you think about falling into a hole or you see strange things coming out of holes.


The term ‘Trypophobia’ originated in 2005 when people started sharing their stories online. In 2015, several researchers tried developing the first trypophobia test. You can take this test and know whether you have a fear of holes or you are merely disgusted by the idea of it.


When people who have trypophobia see trigger objects, they experience symptoms like extreme fear, nausea, sweating, shaking, even panic attacks.


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Theories About Trypophobia

Researchers Geoff Cole and Arnold Wilkins posted images on Trypophobia.com based on their research. And from the responses they got, they concluded that it is not the holes people are afraid of; instead, their brains associate holes with something terrible. The perception makes them feel scared.


They experimented and found out that trypophobic objects have relatively extreme contrast energy at specific midrange frequencies, which relates to visual discomfort.


From a study conducted at Essex, the uncanny pattern correlates with uncomfortable images like images of skin colourations of extremely dangerous or poisonous animals like spots on a blue-ringed octopus.


There is another theory that we have a mindset for people having skin diseases. It could be contagious, which makes them scared of hole patterns. It is also possible that some people are already afraid of bugs or spiders or snakes. Maybe this could also lead to trypophobia.


Researchers have also found that people with trypophobia were more likely to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. According to Cole, they think that everyone has trypophobic tendencies even though they might not know about it.


For now, the reasons behind trypophobia or whether it's a condition that requires medication is still unclear. We have a few theories, but researchers are trying to find out the answers.


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