20% Of Women Are Affected Without Knowing It

Phobias are fears that can cause an exacerbated feeling of anxiety in people with it. They can paralyze a normally calm person and make her hysterical because of the fear felt. There are a large number of phobias, among them, one finds in particular the trypophobia which is the fear of the holes.

It has been shown that one in 10 people will suffer from phobia (s) during their lifetime, these fears reach twice as many women as men and generally develop during childhood or adolescence and persist at age adult.

There are three categories of phobias:

Social phobia consists in avoiding certain social events, it affects essentially the shy people who do not dare to express themselves in public and is often accompanied by depression or anxiety accentuated.
Agoraphobia corresponds to the fear of crowds, open spaces and public places. It particularly affects adult women.

Specific phobias include fear reactions such as fear of animals (arachnophobia, fear of spiders), fear of certain places in the natural environment (acrophobia, fear of high places), fear of closed places (claustrophobia) or Still the fear of noises (sonophobia).

What is trypophobia?

Among these specific phobias, we find the trypophobia, which is the fear of small holes. Even though this term does not evoke much, it is the most widespread phobia in the world. Researchers at the University of Essex in England have shown that it affects 11% of men and 20% of women.

A person with a trypophobia has the following symptoms:
  • Chills
  • Tremors
  • Irritations and itching
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
  • Panic attacks

An English study has highlighted the fact that trypophobia originates in a survival reflex anchored in the nervous structures associated with poisonous animals. These have for the most part circular patterns which recall the holes whose sight provokes a reflex of flight.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of a phobia, especially since it is not always easy to live with because it is binding on a daily basis. Nevertheless, it is possible to calm the symptoms by following a behavioral therapy in order to learn to control its fear and to find the origin of it.

The trypophobes can feel a disproportionate fear in the face of everyday situations such as holes in certain cheeses, shampoo foam or shower gel or inside some chocolate bars.

If you pass the test and get to see the photos below without feeling itchy, nauseous and an overwhelming desire to scream, you are out of business and do not suffer from trypophobia!

Let us begin with this innocent, inoffensive and inanimate sponge.


Several species of lotus flowers have deep holes inside their flat surfaces. This is the most repulsive image for trypophobes.


Sometimes the holes can be found in useful objects such as pumice stone.



At other times, they may prove to be vital, as is the case with these trees used by birds peak of the woodpecker type who store their food there.


And these honeycombs


This viscous sea cucumber is also covered with small holes.


Several species of corals, such as this black coral, possess specific patterns of holes.



Even food can cause reactions in trypophobes, including strawberries.


Pastry makers should also be careful, they are not safe from blueberry pancakes.



Or with oranges ...


The inside of the grenade may also seem disconcerting to some.


The inside of the grenade may also seem disconcerting to some.Some architects use structures that can frighten trypophobes, as is the case with this airport.


Even La Sagrada Familia by Gaudi can be a source of anxiety.


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