You Might Have Trypophobia! Check Your Triggers Here

By: Denis Priesnov
Updated: 5 months ago
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Trypophobia is a fear of closely packed small holes or bumps. It can range from slight discomfort to apparent disgust to the inability to look at such patterns.

As an example, imagine the head of a lotus flower of a honeycomb. Have you ever felt disturbed by such images? If you don't exactly know how the lotus flower looks like, take a look at this picture: 
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I'm sorry if it makes you queasy; that just means that you may have this type of phobia. Unfortunately, trypophobia is not widely recognized yet. Thus, only a few people know about it. Medical publications rarely describe it. But, it's a great relief for some people knowing that not only they feel this way about specific natural or artificial patterns.

Signs of trypophobia

The signs of this phobia are just the same as the signs of any phobia. When you see the trigger, (we'll cover it in this trypophobia test) you may experience the following symptoms:

  • sudden fear (though there is nothing that should be scaring, you feel fear when exposed to the stimuli)
  • nausea (this is a common sign that the picture of an object is a trigger)
  • itching and sweating (you feel uncomfortable when looking at the object, and this queasy feeling translates into physical disturbances as itching, sweating, headaches, and shaking)
  • panic attack (this is a more severe symptom; it is basically a combination of some of the previous symptoms plus increased heartbeat, hot flashes, shortness of breath, and feeling dizzy overall)
  • disgust (this is the most basic and common sign that appears in every case of trypophobia; many people would feel disgusted from certain triggers related to the phobia but do not experience any of the abovementioned symptoms, that is not the indicator of severe phobia)

Treatment

 
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When it comes to treatment, any phobia is a complex issue that demands an individual approach. With trypophobia, it's even harder because the condition is not recognized yet and requires more substantial research. However, the common means of treatment can be implemented:

  • talk therapy (this is the initial take on a phobia; a course of regular sessions with a therapist or a psychologist may bring positive results if the phobia is not drastic)
  • relaxation techniques (the therapist will also offer them; you may try breath yoga techniques and simply deep breathing to calm the effects of encountering a trigger)
  • medications (this is the most drastic form of treatment that can be suggested and prescribed by a therapist alone; among the popular forms of medications used to treat phobia are sedative and beta-blockers)

Why It Appears?

As I've mentioned before, this phobia is not studied enough yet. Some specialists correlate it with the fear of infectious pathogens as the images are often associated with some illnesses and rotting. Others see reference to dangerous animals as the skin of certain venomous animals is of a similar pattern. Thus, we subconsciously avoid them. There is even some research that supports this theory.

You Might Have Trypophobia! Check Your Triggers Here Questions

trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • I'd eat something sweet right now 

  • I'm not a fan of insects

  • I don't like it 

  • cute little bees 

trypophobia test What do you feel about this picture?
  • don't make me wash the dishes 

  • too squishy and porous

trypophobia test When snorkeling, do you swim close to the corals?
  • as close as I can

  • no, I'm a bad swimmer

  • no, they do not look appealing

trypophobia test What do you feel about this picture?
  • eww

  • that doesn't look good

  • what's this? a flower? 

trypophobia test What do you feel about this picture?
  • is this some kind of Spy Kids villain? 

  • that's a deeply disturbing picture

trypophobia quiz Have you ever felt disturbed by things other people react to normally?
  • yes

  • no

trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • it's natural 

  • natural but unpleasant

trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • again, eww

  • just a bit of irritated skin 

trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • I love chameleons!

  • it's so cute 

  • bumps and uneven skin is not appealing 

trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • oh no, get it away from me!

  • I just don't like insects overall

do i have trypophobia quiz Do you know what trypophobia is?
  • yes, I've read about it

  • had no idea before this quiz

do i have trypophobia quiz When you see a cluster of unknown bumps on your skin, how do you react?
  • I start panicking; what medical condition is this?

  • that's some disgusting thing; make it go away

  • that's probably allergy or an insect bite

do i have trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • don't make me look at it!

  • it's disgusting when it's on human skin!

  • are those bites or irritation?

do i have trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • ohhhh, who's the cutie here?

  • can I boop it?

  • not the best sight 

do i have trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • it's so cute

  • fish are cute, the coral is not 

do i have trypophobia quiz Do you like to pop bubble wrap?
  • yes

  • no

do i have trypophobia quiz What do you feel about this picture?
  • oh no, you are so cruel showing this

  • that looks painful

  • poor person!

test trypophobia Do you feel disgust when looking at a cluster of small holes?
  • yes

  • no

test trypophobia What do you feel about this picture?
  • that's a beautiful picture 

  • mushroom's underside does not look good

  • I feel hungry

test trypophobia What do you feel about this picture?
  • cool

  • nah

test trypophobia What do you feel about this picture?
  • just some skin

  • that's some blond hair!

  • sorry, but I don't like the view

test trypophobia What do you feel about this picture?
  • nothing much 

  • I don't know how to feel; what's that?

  • it's oddly unpleasant 

test trypophobia What do you feel about this picture?
  • that's the most beautiful pic in this quiz

  • looks like a tail 

  • no, moving on 

test trypophobia Strawberries up close: cute or not?
  • cute

  • no

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