Is Trypophobia a Real Phobia?

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Is Trypophobia a Real Phobia?

 

 

 

This week LiveScience.com talk about an Unusual Phobia: Researchers Suggest New Reason for Fear of Bubbles

 

What is Trypophobia? Trypophobia is the fear of a cluster of wholes or bubbles. Tracey Staedter the article author describes the phobic reaction, comparing the phobic response from that of a snake phobic to  “people have similarly uncontrollable reactions to seeing clusters of bubbles”

 

Trypophobia is a recently discovered phobia which could actually date back to when we where hunters and gathers. Many phobias stem from the amygdala wanting to keep us safe; we fear snakes and spiders because they killed our ancestors

 

Tracey explains “…Trypophobia which means “fear of holes” in Greek), was first documented in 2013.” and goes on to explain “…some scientists have suggested that the extreme reaction to round shapes occurs because they resemble spots or circles found on poisonous animals, including snakes and the blue-ringed octopus.”

 

 

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Could Trypophobia come from evolution saving us from parasites?

 

“Pathogens and parasites have been one of the main threats to humans and animals during their evolutionary history,” said Tom Kupfer, a postgraduate researcher in psychology at the University of Kent in England. Avoiding them reduces the chance of getting sick, he told Live Science.”

 

Many phobias are learnt through observational learning or through a emotional experience. But research is indicating that some phobias, especially those to avoid dangerous things (mainly poisonous animals) can be passed through our DNA

 

Tracey goes on to talk about an experimenter where groups of people were monitored when shown different images  of clusters of wholes to represent diseases. Most people felt disgust, the natural reaction reaction to poisonous or gone-off food stuff  – things that will cause us harm

 

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But people suffering from trypophobia had a different reaction. “The researchers reported that when the people with trypophobia looked at images with clusters of holes or bubbles, they said things like, “The primary feeling is one of inexplicable and extreme revulsion..” 

 

Read the full article here: fear of holes 

 

 

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