The next time you see a group of tiny holes/pods/circles and it creeps you out, know that YES, there IS a reason for it, and NO, you're NOT the only one!

For as long as I can remember, I've been freaked out by clusters of small holes. Enough that sometimes I start to feel sick when I see them. I've never been able to explain why, and I've always thought I was the only one, so I just never mentioned it. Turns out, it's actually fairly common.

Trypophobia is described by Wikipedia as a "pathological fear of holes, particularly irregular patterns of holes." This could include holes made by insects, holes in fruit or plants, or holes in wounds or diseased tissue. If you still have no idea what I'm talking about, watch this video and see how far you can make it without feeling anxious or nauseous:

As the video explains, this is a fear that may be caused by biology. The unpleasant response from some people is said to be an "unconscious reflex reaction" based on a "primitive portion of the brain that associates the image with something dangerous." So basically, there's a part of our brain that associates these shapes with danger. If you're wondering if you have this, take THIS TEST (scroll about halfway down the web page). BUT, before you do, I'm warning you that if you have it, you may feel physically ill after looking at some of the pictures. I only made it about halfway through and then I absolutely had to stop because I almost threw up. Even writing about it is uncomfortable for me!

Do you think you have a little bit of trypophobia? Or does this not bother you at all? Let us know in the comments!


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