posted on May, 2 2014 @ 02:48 PM
I have always been disgusted by things that have symmetrical or clustered holes, such as the honeycomb. It grosses me out so bad but I can't stop
looking at it. It's a real problem, I know
I remember the first time I saw symmetrical patterns and feeling disgusted, I was 4 years old and there were clustered holes in the soap. Ahhhh!!!
A couple of years ago I discovered it's name, Trypophobia
. Knowing other people were grossed
out by silly things like honeycomb was oddly reassuring. About 16% of the population becomes "viscerally upset" after looking at images with
clustered holes, such as honeycomb or the center of a lotus.
The term trypophobia was coined in 2005, a combination of the Greek trypo (
drilling or boring holes) and phobia.
Although it is not recognized in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, thousands of
people claim to be affected by the phobia, which involves the fear of objects with patterns of holes, such as beehives, ant hills and lotus seed
So why do some people suffer from Trypophobia? It could be a survival instinct:
There may be an ancient evolutionary part of the brain telling
people that they are looking at a poisonous animal," Cole said in a press release. The disgust we feel is an evolutionary advantage, even if we
don't know it consciously, because it sends people with trypophobia running as far as possible from the holey thing.
The incredibly poisonous Greater blue-ringed octopus, which sparked the Eureka moment.
Does anyone else suffer from Trypophobia (if you do I apologize about the images) or another odd phobia?