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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 heads.
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.
originally posted by: Jennyfrenzy
a reply to: LadyJae
Whenever there's a spider in the house I run away screaming. I've been known to call my husband at work to come home and kill a big ol' spider!