If you search any dictionary for trypophobia you are likely to come up blank, meaning the word apparently has no official recognition. To establish it’s meaning therefore, we have to dissect the word into its component parts and hopefully gain some kind of clue.
Do You Have Trypophobia? I’ve always thought it was strange to be afraid of small holes. They made me feel uncomfortable all over the place.But after looking it up on the Internet, I realized I wasn’t alone. Trypophobia is the fear of holes and asymmetrical clusters of small holes, often with things inside. It causes a creepy, itching, crawling feeling.
If the pictures below make your skin crawl, you probably have Trypophobia.If you’re like me and you have a visceral reaction to the image above—if it makes your skin crawl, your hair hurt, and your stomach turn—you can count yourself among the trypophobic. According to its Facebook page, which is more than 4,000 members strong, trypophobia is fear of clustered holes. It is usually small holes in organic objects, such as lotus seed heads or bubbles in batter, that give trypophobics the extreme willies, triggering reactions like itchy skin, nausea and a general feeling of discomfort. (A picture of a candy bar with a pattern of small air bubbles did me in. Goodbye, dear chocolate.
Starting at the end and working backwards to the beginning is sometimes a good idea, and as trypophobia has a familiar looking ending, that would be a good place to start. So what is a phobia? A phobia is an irrational fear of an object, or activity – that leads to an overwhelming compulsion to avoid it. The key definition to make note of here is “irrational”. A phobia is an irrational fear, where irrational means “without reason”, or unsubstantiated.
Now we know trypophobia is an unsubstantiated fear of, something, so now we have to look toward the remainder of the word to find out the full meaning. Greek is always a good place to start for definitions, and if we look towards ancient Greece we discover that “Trypo” means punching, drilling, or boring holes. The definition we arrive at therefore is …
Trypophobia- fear of holes in skin?
Recently I googled Trypophobia, and I looked at the google images, and I saw the pictures of holes in people’s skin (with those weird things inside them), and know I keep seeing the images in my mind. It makes me want to vomit, I can’t stand it!!! It is making my skin crawl right now. Do I have trypophobia? And are those pictures real? What could make that happen to someone’s skin?
So next time you see holes in something spare a thought for the thousands of people that suffer from trypophobia.Trypophobia is the fear of holes.”Not all holes mind you, just tiny holes in asymmetrical clusters, often times with things in them.”
Do YOU Have Trypophobia?