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MY BIG SCARE


Take a deep breath. Take another one.

So I have trypophobia, which isn’t an official medical diagnosis — many doctors feel the disease is a product of the internet because it was first published on the internet in 2005, despite the fact that it isn’t yet a recognized medical diagnostic. This “fear of holes” makes me queasy. When I observe seemingly innocuous images of groups of things, mainly holes, or things in clusters, the condition causes me to have an emotional reaction,  but rather little holes clustered together.
It literally makes my skin crawl to think and even write about it. “ Anyone who knows me is aware that I suffer from severe trypophobia.


So Trypophobics are terrified of tiny small holes with strange patterns. Things that could set me off are pancakes, honeycomb, or lotus heads (the worst!).  It sounds crazy, but I believe many people have it!
I can’t even look at small holes because they give me the biggest anxiety. 
Who knows what’s inside??? Lol


You can a look at some trypophobia-inducing image on google to get a sense of what I mean (unless you suffer from trypophobia, in which case, you may want to look away).


It’s so horrible.  I’m sure it’ll take me days to recover from writing about it.
Gosh!!!

Images like these cause a multitude of symptoms, including anxiety-related cognitive alterations, skin-related body symptoms (such as itchiness and goosebumps), and physiological changes (such as nausea, a racing heart, or trouble catching breath).

There is no clear threat in the instance of trypophobia, and the images that cause the phobia have very little in common with one another other than their configuration.
It appears that it is this configuration that holds the key to the emotion that the images induce. Individuals who do not profess trypophobia still find trypophobic images aversive, although they do not experience the emotion. 

Have you ever looked at an image of a cluster of small holes — such as those on a lotus seed head, or in a crumpet — and suddenly felt anxious, uncomfortable or even ill? Well, it turns out you are not alone.
Basically, the idea here is that when you look at a trypophobic image your brain is saying ‘be careful here, this could harm you”. 

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