Trypophobia : Fear of Holes

Lata Jain

Seed head of lotus flower, soap bubbles, holes found in aero bar are natural. But the fear of these holes is unnatural. Fear of cluster of tiny holes makes some people  jump, cry and become hysterical. Trypophobia is the word. The sight of these unsymmetrical. Small tiny holes make people sick, itch and even cry according to a research  by the first academy study.

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It is quite surprising and we are unable to understand this kind of aversion says Dr.Madhuri a clinical psychologist at NIIMS In India this kind of fear and research is not much into existence. The effect of a triggering image on any individual trypophobe can vary from no response to a severe reaction, but many trypophobes will agree that certain images are triggering. Generally speaking, any kind of cluster of holes or bumps (and in some cases, lesions) may cause discomfort.

Others have said their reactions include things like anger, possibly aggression a desire to destroy the clusters, as well as wanting to cry which is a natural reaction after being scared. One thing that trypophobes all have in common is a very strong revulsion. Most will physically move further away or subconsciously look away from the image. Other common reactions include itching, skin crawling, and being sick to the stomach says a research.

The ‘official’ definition for it is that trypophobia is the fear of asymmetrical holes occurring either naturally or unnaturally.

Lotus seed pods, Crumpets, Pumice, Cavities in teeth, the Ampullae of Lorenzini in Sharks, Holes in concrete, Bug tunnels in wood, Enlarged pores of the skin, Aero Bars, Holes in walls caused by bullets, Bone marrow, Wasps’ nest, Honeycomb, Bubbles in Dough, Ant holes, Veins in meat, Clusters of holes.

Phobias arise due to a combination of genetic disposition and external events. Many phobias develop due to trauma as a child, like being bitten by a dog and then fearing all dogs throughout life.

A lot of therapists use a technique called desensitization to cure a phobia. Desensitization is the process of introducing the trigger of a phobia into a person’s life

Trypophobia is relatively unknown when compared to the big hitters of the phobia world, like claustrophobia and arachnophobia, and some experts claim it is not a phobia at all. Yet online research suggests there are many people suffering extreme reactions to trypophobic images. These can include nausea, disorientation and a tightening of the scalp, none of which is desirable to someone about to overtake a lorry carrying scaffolding poles, the head-on view of which can trigger a reaction in some people.

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