You Might Have This Phobia and Not Even Know It

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Everyone has a phobia, which is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something, with some being more common than others. From a fear of spiders (arachnophobia), heights (acrophobia), and getting sick in public (agoraphobia), to snakes (ophidiophobia), germs (mysophobia), and dogs (gynophobia), people’s fears are very powerful. But what if you have a phobia that you don’t even know about?


While some argue that trypophobia isn't even real, many claim to suffer from it. Trypophobia is defined as a fear of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. Think honeycombs, aerated chocolate or seed pods, unless you’re trypophobic, of course. It can be something as simple as bubbles in a cup of coffee or tea. A theory actually links it to the more common phobias, theorizing that this imagery could subconsciously remind sufferers of the appearance of snakes and spiders.

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The proposed condition is not yet officially recognized as a mental disorder and there is little written about it in scientific publications. Not much actual research has gone into determining its validity, but it is hypothesized to be the result of a biological revulsion that associates these types of shapes with danger or disease. This points to it being more evolutionary and linked to anxiety or disgust of infectious disease or parasites, as opposed to traditional fear.

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Interestingly enough, some scientists have said that one reason for the lack of investigation is the possibility that it would trigger the researchers themselves. Another important clarification is that people can pretty much have a phobia of anything, but that doesn’t necessarily constitute a classic diagnosis. It also doesn’t mean that trypophobia isn’t real.

This could be another case of the Internet messing with people’s heads, but there’s only one way to know for sure, click below to take the test and see if you have it…