Trypophobia: Everything you need to know about this phobia

A phobia causes anxiety, fear and uneasiness. Trypophobia is one such phobia which is basically a term for fear or aversion of holes or clusters of holes. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Trypophobia: Everything you need to know about this phobia
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Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder and is a reaction of excessive fear. You experience extreme and irrational fear from a person, object, animal or situation. One such phobia is Trypophobia, which is fear or aversion of holes or clusters of holes.

If you feel nauseous, anxious, uncomfortable, and panicky after looking at objects with holes, chances are that you have trypophobia. Have a look at what exactly causes trypophobia and ways to deal with it.

The term “Trypophobia” comes from the Ancient Greek prefix trypa, which means “holes," and phobia, meaning "fear."


This phobia occurs when a person sees an object or an image having small and repetitive patterns that are closely grouped. Some parts of it are light while some are dark. This triggers a trypophobic reaction.


The reaction that comes after seeing any object or image with holes can be attributed to people either relating the holes to dangerous animals, like spots on leopards or can be because these holes remind them of infectious and parasitic diseases that cause lesions.


Sometimes, it is also argued if it is really fear or simply disgust that causes the person to look away and feel uneasy. It is to be noted, however, that both fear and disgust are quite similar and have the same purpose and trigger the same reaction.


Ways to deal with it

To cope with trypophobia, the most common and effective way is exposure therapy. The person must try to face the object or image that is causing them anxiety and uneasiness. This will result in their brain no longer perceiving it as a threat and will get used to looking at such images or objects without feeling uneasy or scared.

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