Trypophobia: Know the disorder of people who are afraid of holes

Across the internet, an increasing number of people have reported an incomprehensible fear of holes. It may seem like a joke, but phobia sufferers may have a panic attack only by looking at an image that shows a series of holes.

For this reason, the disorder is called “tripophobia”, which is the junction of the word phobia (which comes from the Greek phobos and means fear) with the prefix tripo (from the Greek trypo, which means to pierce or make holes). According to the website, the condition consists of a “strange kind of phobia and can be generalized as a fear of geometric patterns. We are talking specifically about patterns created by nature. ”

Until then, it was not believed that hole aversion could be a phobia. Proof of this is that the disorder has not yet been listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. But recently a study by scientists at Geoff Cole and Arnold Wilkins, both at the University of Essex, sought to explain the origins of this fear.

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Fear of holes

To understand where fear of holes comes from, the researchers based their research on the images posted on From this they concluded that it is not exactly the holes that people are afraid of, but the mental association they make between the holes and a possible danger. This led Cole and Wilkins to investigate what kind of danger people with this disorder feel.

The site that underpinned the study points out that tryptobobes are afraid of “clusters of holes in the skin, flesh, wood, plants, corals, sponges, seeds and honeycombs” and contain images of a series of objects that They are not tolerated by some people either.

The page further explains that people with this phobia may experience reactions such as tingling, shaking, itching and nausea when encountering inappropriate images. There are also records of intense salivation, sudden sweating and increased heart rate. In extreme cases, photos featuring geometric patterns with holes can even trigger a panic attack.

Aware of all this, scientists have analyzed the images posted on the site to try to understand what triggers fear. They concluded that the images share some characteristics, but they do not reveal any common denominators.

Blue-ringed Octopus. Image Source: Shutterstock

The origin of fear

Then a man from the study participants revealed to researchers that images of the blue-ringed octopus also triggered their fear.

From then on Cole showed the man other images of poisonous animals and found that they caused the same reactions. In analyzing the images of the animals, the expert found that they had some similarities with the images on the site.

This close proximity between the photographs led Cole and Wilkins to conclude that trypophobia triggers a fear of danger. The holes, or just their image, stimulate "a primitive portion of the brain that associates the image with something dangerous." In general, people are able to recognize situations where there is no danger, but for those suffering from phobia, it is an unconscious reflex that results in reactions that cannot be controlled.

Let's do a test?

Now that you know what tripophobia is all about, it's time to know if you suffer from the same condition. If the opening image of this matter did not cause you any of the most typical symptoms, that is a good sign. Now let's see if you resist the following:

Let's start slowly ...

Colorful straws. Image Source: Reproduction / Trypophobia

It's all right?

Bubbles. Image Source: Shutterstock

Let's continue...

Aerated chocolate. Image Source: Shutterstock

Have your hands started to sweat?

Woodpecker. Image Source: Playback / Buzzfeed

Are you sure?

Garlic Image Source: Playback / Buzzfeed

How do you feel now?

Coral. Image Source: Playback / Buzzfeed

Still following?

Dried Lotus Flower. Image Source: Shutterstock

Let's see if you can take just one more picture ...

Crustaceans. Image Source: Reproduction / Trypophobia

If you have come here without palpitations or trembling, I think you can already consider yourself a winner.