Feeling nauseated after googling Trypopophobia

(245 Posts)
Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:43:30

Blaargle, I feel all hot and dizzy now why can't I leave well alone!

HoneyDragon Tue 03-Sep-13 20:44:49

You lot never bloody learn.

Don't ever google it! Why would you?!

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:46:04

I know I know I'm like Pandora and her box

First Rule of Mumsnet:

Never google.

HTH grin

rachyconks Tue 03-Sep-13 20:47:16

W. T. F?? Will my eyes ever recover. That's worse than blue waffle.

HumphreyCobbler Tue 03-Sep-13 20:47:42

I know how you feel. It is vile. I never had a problem before I googled it, this was YEARS ago too. I have avoided all threads since.

CatAmongThePigeons Tue 03-Sep-13 20:48:05

Why did you google it? grin

I wonder how many more will Google it, having seen it on the thread title

98percentchocolate Tue 03-Sep-13 20:48:25


FairOfFaceButFullOfWoe Tue 03-Sep-13 20:48:27

That was like a red rag to a bull! Just googled and now I'm hiding behind my hands!!!

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:48:34


Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:48:57

Your holey holey hands?

nobutts Tue 03-Sep-13 20:49:09

I have this. It is bizarre and can make me actually vomit! although I'm getting better at emptying my head of thoughts relating to certain images. I get caught unaware on toothpaste/deodorant/skin product adverts though and have to cover my eyes until DP says the coast is clear.

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:50:09

Someone on FB mentioned it was a fear of holes, something that my DM suffers from, didn't realise it'd burn my very eyes

samu2 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:50:30

I have this phobia too. Not just holes but lots of patterns too.

Makes me sick.

StickEmUp Tue 03-Sep-13 20:50:31

Fucking hell.

Thurlow Tue 03-Sep-13 20:51:49

Trypopophobia - fine.

Blue waffle? That might have ruined my sex life for good sad

Thanks rachyconks

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:52:22

I think I may have inherited her phobia as I feel terrible now but DH looked and wasn't phased at all

HoneyDragon Tue 03-Sep-13 20:52:34

I wonder how many Mnetters ave developed a phobia of holes as a result of these threads?

LEMisdisappointed Tue 03-Sep-13 20:53:01

I don't have trypophobia - but that made my fingers go all on edge, like

nobutts Tue 03-Sep-13 20:53:29

Yep patterns and certain clusters ( feel gross typing that word) of things. Its worse if it's organic/biological and also the more regimented or consistent the pattern. If I can rationalise it and place it in a broader context its not so bad..I sound mad I know

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:12

I don't think it's something you can just develop like that!

StickEmUp Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:18

I might puke.

Jengnr Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:25

I really like them. Apart from the spider ones and the actual gross things.

The rest is quite relaxing though.

chillinwithmyyonis Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:38

So without me having to google, what is it?

mrstigs Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:41

I googled. Didnt bother me at all. I was expecting something really gruesome grin .
There was a rather rank looking spider though, but thats a totally different phobia at work.

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:56

Tessellation is another problem

StickEmUp Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:56

But i cant stop looking.

LovesBeingOnHoliday Tue 03-Sep-13 20:57:01

Please tell me nicely so I don't have to google

chillinwithmyyonis Tue 03-Sep-13 20:57:02

Blue waffle is an urban myth isnt it? like dragon butter?

Wittsend13 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:57:03

That's pretty grim! Reminds me of that email that went around of the womans breast!

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:58:49

It's pictures of holey things, I can't really describe it without sounding pathetic

needaholidaynow Tue 03-Sep-13 20:59:12

Oh my god I never knew there was actually a name for this! I've never liked holes all clustered together like that. It's vile!

samu2 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:59:36

Off to google Blue Waffle

needaholidaynow Tue 03-Sep-13 21:00:36

I have a irrational fear of maggots as well. sad

CalamityJones Tue 03-Sep-13 21:00:39

Oh god, the blow up of the lotus seed pod - it actually sent me into a depression for a few days. Very unpleasant. Apparently it's an extreme disgust reaction (or something, I can't goggle it as it will show me pictures and not if you paid me)

vaticancameo Tue 03-Sep-13 21:01:35

Come on guys, most of those pics are just someone going at Photoshop a bit too enthusiastically...

nobutts Tue 03-Sep-13 21:02:12

Its not irrational..maggots are sick. They are a moving embodiment of the phobia because they're all the saaaaammmmee!! Aaagh.

olidusUrsus Tue 03-Sep-13 21:03:30

I knew it would involve spiders. If someone promises to link to a non spidery one I'll look. Otherwise I am Not Googling with Capital Letters. And yy I think blue waffle is an urban myth. I scare myself that it didn't bother me...

mrstigs Tue 03-Sep-13 21:03:48

Blue waffle didnt bother me either. And Italy apparently not true.
Im slightly worried now that my mind is so corrupt it seems nothing shocks it. That's probably not good.
I've learnt new things thanks to this thread mind you, every days a school day on aibu...

AnneUulmelmahay Tue 03-Sep-13 21:04:12

Ugh ugh ugh

Loads of us gave selves this phobia a coupla years back

mrstigs Tue 03-Sep-13 21:04:48

lack of proofreading sorry!

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:05:12

What is a blue waffle (roughly, in a nutshell)? I'm NOT googling!

Feeling nauseated after viewing pictures of eight-legged beasties, or reading Urban Dictionary - YANBU.

Feeling nauseated by clusters of holes, including the dodgy photo shopped ones - YABU. Not irrational or anything, me. grin

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 21:05:32

I'm sure loads aren't real but still make me feel quivery, apparently it's something to do with an ingrained fear of medieval poxes

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:06:04

No, ok, I will.. Jeez..

CalamityJones Tue 03-Sep-13 21:06:12

Don't do it, olidusUrsus. I was told about it years ago and thought vaguely 'oh, I don't like holes much either, I'll see if I have that' and then was locked into googling stuff and crying and feeling sick for an entire afternoon.

olidusUrsus Tue 03-Sep-13 21:07:03

Blue waffle was meant to be what happened if you knocked a fanny around for a bit, basically someone shoved a blue tinge on a labia in photoshop and told everyone that's what happened if you dtd rough like. I think.

olidusUrsus Tue 03-Sep-13 21:07:39

I won't, Calamity. I will not. I know I'll hate it!

Thepowerof3 Tue 03-Sep-13 21:08:18

Nobutts you made me laugh out loud!

Jellypudmum Tue 03-Sep-13 21:08:57

Just made me feel itchy with a desire to scratch?! blush

olidusUrsus Tue 03-Sep-13 21:09:16

Oh no, apologies. It was a mythical STD. Not a beaten up fanny. Oops. Is thick.

Hattie23 Tue 03-Sep-13 21:10:56

What's so scary about a hole?
I don't get it

[i am too scared to Google though]

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:10:58

Ah, it's not real. Thank god.


pipsy76 Tue 03-Sep-13 21:11:25

Blue waffle - misogynistic urban myth as revealed by google on more reputable websites!

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:12:36

I'm not disturbed by holes at all. The holey photoshopped eyes were a bit yuck , though!

olidusUrsus Tue 03-Sep-13 21:13:05

You did it Toys!? Were many spider based?

Cluesue Tue 03-Sep-13 21:13:31

Oh god I'm gonna have nightmares

Cluesue Tue 03-Sep-13 21:13:51

Oh god I'm gonna have nightmares

HoneyDragon Tue 03-Sep-13 21:14:20

Not develop it. But plenty people look at the pictures and then never go near a crumpet again.

Wickedwiggle86 Tue 03-Sep-13 21:15:07

Why? Why did I do it! Watched the video test and am now terrified of getting huge gaping holes in my fingers!

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:16:22

Not that many spiders. Seriously, the trypophobia pictures aren't that bad (apart from the aforementioned eye ones). The blue waffle picture is a bit sickening.

It's not a phobia like a fear. It's an extreme disgust reaction that has physical and psychological effects. You feel faint, dizzy, sick, skin crawling, shivery and extremely upset and distressed. Once you trigger it the images repeat for hours. It's like intrusive thoughts or OCD like that. It's a genuine phenomenon and it's involuntary. I've always been creeped out by certain types of holes, I can't look at lotus pods when people have them in flower displays etc.

TheSlug Tue 03-Sep-13 21:16:48

Oh my god. I am actually going to be sick.

Wickedwiggle86 Tue 03-Sep-13 21:17:49

Ok, it was photoshopped. Seriously need to get control of my google habit though.

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:18:58

Ah, ok, Ehric. I thought it was like an actual fear. Although a fear might well develop following extreme physical reactions.

olidusUrsus Tue 03-Sep-13 21:19:31

That's what I was thinking Ehric, I was a bit confused because there was talking of people getting phobias from looking at the images which I don't really think is possible. I mean, phobias are inherent, right? RIGHT!? Might ease my way in by looking up lotus pods. Still debating a Google

AlpacaPicnic Tue 03-Sep-13 21:22:28

A phobia is an irrational fear... so you could have a phobia of seeing the thing, because you would fear seeing it because of your reaction to it iyswim... am I making sense>?

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:23:08

Yes, that was what I was getting at, Alpaca.

SomethingOnce Tue 03-Sep-13 21:23:42

For any of you sufferers, does this manifest as a fear of crumpets, as per Google images?

Ooooh that's really horrible and twitchy making. Eeeeeek!!!!

chillinwithmyyonis Tue 03-Sep-13 21:26:13

Ok so whats so bad about holes? As in a holey bit of knitting? A net curtain? Or is it like horror film type 'hole', arse hole? I'm still not googling!

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:27:11

Crumpets are yum. Glad that there is at least one phobia I definitely don't have.. I have a fear of heights, Claustrophobia and a fear of deep water (even though I'm an excellent swimmer).

chillinwithmyyonis Tue 03-Sep-13 21:27:50

Ooooh, crumpets, they're good holes, you can't have a phobia of crumpets, you could always cover up the holes with jam anyway.

nobutts Tue 03-Sep-13 21:28:25

Oddly crumpets are OK because I can contextualise them..." Its OK they are a bread stuff and belong here' if I didn't know what one was or concentrated on them too long it would trigger a reaction. I once threw up in my mouth because I poked holes in blu tac with a pencil without thinking. I had to hit the blu tac to squash it. It has a profound effect on me but I. Can also see the funny side..hence it is more disgust than fear.

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:29:28

The stuff you get from google really isn't that bad. Just photoshopped fake skin diseases and stuff like that.

mignonette Tue 03-Sep-13 21:30:42

Nada to that. I had no adverse reaction even though I am wearing a Mohair cardigan too. I am clearly devoid of imagination smile...

maddening Tue 03-Sep-13 21:32:04

so is it any holes - why all the photos with holes on ? Is this what a sufferer imagines?

CalamityJones Tue 03-Sep-13 21:35:06

It's hard to explain to someone unaffected. The groups of holes just make me feel very distressed and sick and uncomfortable. Things being IN the holes are when it gets really bad (such as lotus seed pods, or those bastard frogs that keep their babies on their backs). It's all about the clusters..

HappyYoni Tue 03-Sep-13 21:36:14

Lumps are worse than holes!

jennieflower Tue 03-Sep-13 21:36:41

Surinam toads shock

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:38:15

I wonder if it's like a visual way of causing vertigo with patterns?

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 21:39:43

Surinam toad grin

Aw cmon, you all love it really wink

MyBoysAreFab Tue 03-Sep-13 21:44:27

When I was younger my mum had a Readers Digest cookbook. In it there was a picture of cherry clafoutis. Not holes I know, but the same idea - it made me shudder every time I saw it.

Also these big dried pods that people use in flower arrangements which have holes in them - make me shiver.

There was a thread on here not so long ago which mentioned it, and I couldn't believe that not only was it not just me, but that there is actually a name for it!

MollyHooper Tue 03-Sep-13 21:47:41

Ugh, I hate seeing cherry clafoutis.

I can't believe people eat them.

HeffalumpTheFlump Tue 03-Sep-13 21:49:02

I don't understand it, but that made me feel very very sick. What causes the disgust reaction? It wasn't a conscious thought, I just started to feel like I was going to throw up. What the hell is that about??

needaholidaynow Tue 03-Sep-13 21:49:34

I tried explaining to my DP about how horrible it is, and he doesn't understand. It's just so hard to explain lol.

toys I think you have it, it made me feel queasy and a bit dizzy. Never worried about it before but it is very alarming!! Why?!

needaholidaynow Tue 03-Sep-13 21:53:43

Check pineberries out. They make me shudder.

TheOneAndOnlyAlpha Tue 03-Sep-13 21:53:49

I don't get it myself, but apparently it's an evolutionary reaction to poisonous plants and animals. The more deadly the more holes. So you lots would do well in the jungle. I'd be tucking into a poisonous holey fruit.

needaholidaynow Tue 03-Sep-13 21:56:27

Aaah theone that's very interesting. Makes sense.

MollyHooper Tue 03-Sep-13 21:57:14

DH had a sort of delayed disgust reaction. He couldn't stop thinking about the pictures, like Ehric said intrusive thoughts later that night after seeing them.

I think it may have been due to me being slightly crazed after googling it, then making him google it and a bit going crazy again.

I always had nightmares of my hands/teeth being covered in holes as a child so those images triggered something big with me.

See I have always had this particular phobia but never knew it was an actual phobia until mn. I used to have to smash barnacles off rocks as a child because I couldn't stand the <boak> holey-ness of them.

(Anyone remember when polos brought out, mini polos? My sister used to put a handful in her mouth and show me her tongue just to ick me out. Evil)

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 22:01:27

I think it could be also the patterns and swirliness that cause a physical reaction like vertigo. Actual vertigo related to fear of heights, spinning etc. is, according to my understanding, at least partly caused by visual feedback of surroundings, e.g. depth. Visual feedback can be something really "coded" and "shortcutty" as in only a swirly pattern of dots, as our brains will then translate this coded data into a "complete picture" of "depth" or "spinning".

mmmuffins Tue 03-Sep-13 22:01:39

I have trypophilia I suppose- I really enjoy looking at the holes and really want to pick things out of them!

Had no idea this sort of thing made people so ill.

needaholidaynow Tue 03-Sep-13 22:02:53

TooOld I used to do that as well!! And I've been sat here for the past hour thinking of the name of those things! BARNACLES! Aaah! I used to kick them off rocks as well lol

ShootMeNowPlease Tue 03-Sep-13 22:03:25

There was an article about this in New Scientist last week (complete with picture of lotus seed pod that makes me shiver!). Apparently it's because lots of nasty poisonous creatures have those kinds of repeating patterns.

I never knew till I read the article that there was a name for how I felt about some things. Tripe is another one - the honeycomb patterning - urgh. Feel distinctly ill just thinking about it.

MollyHooper Tue 03-Sep-13 22:03:42

I had blocked those out TooOld...

They were horrible.

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 22:03:57

So it could be a combination of vertigo and survival instincts with regard to rotten fruit..

Does anyone remember the pitted, enlarged tonsils on Embarrassing Bodies? grin

Celadorhasacatandawaveequation Tue 03-Sep-13 22:04:24

I just googled it fool and now itch all over.

Found a nethuns link and it appears to have caused a bit of dischord over there because nethunners (?) got annoyed at the OP for freaking them out grin.

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 22:04:46

Shoot: That is interesting..

AndIFeedEmGunpowder Tue 03-Sep-13 22:05:09

Ooh! DSis has this! Didn't know it had a name. She is particularly edged out by the way leftover spaghetti hoops line the inside of the tin (?!) and certain types of coral. I'm not going to google now, but if she ever really pisses me off I am gonna send her a link! Ha!

beth27123 Tue 03-Sep-13 22:06:48

Um...wow. Feel well and truly sick.

Bambi27 Tue 03-Sep-13 22:07:51

Well thanks for that I googled it shockshockshockshock

NoisyBrain Tue 03-Sep-13 22:10:58

Ooh I finally know the name of my phobia! And that I'm not the only one who has it grin
Thank you Mumsnet, though I will NOT be googling!

Cloola Tue 03-Sep-13 22:12:04

Oh man I am now feeling very ill!!! Note to self never google.... Ever again!!!

My Dad has it too. He used to talk about stuff with rice. I will say stuff for now as it is actually making me itch and feel uncomfortable just mentioning it, not sure I can type it. I bloody knew it was a 'real thing'!

My other sister sends me photos of barnacles on the beach. Or baby snails all clustered around this particular tree she has in her garden. Oh god I feel brain itchy now. Proper close up photos that make me want to literally smash my phone to pieces. Nice my family aren't they. <bastards>

EmmaBemma Tue 03-Sep-13 22:19:28

I remember once I accidentally left a pan of penne to boil dry, and when I returned, all the penne were standing upright so that from above they formed a dense network of holes. I found it a really disturbing sight and now I understand why! I also have a recurring nightmare where areas of my skin look like that. Gives me the heebs.


oh god I can't even have that msg on my screen. I think I am a serious case.

I will now be googling

I don;t fear it at all.... weird.... I usually feel fear.

scaryg Tue 03-Sep-13 23:01:11

Don't Google Trypopophobia breast rash... I feel v.grossed out. I got this as an email ages ago and it's always given me the hebegebes.

Oswin Tue 03-Sep-13 23:16:06

Oh god. I feel ill! I always got a strange feeling from that picture of the girl with the indentations on her leg. Now after seeing all that I'm freaking out. It's so weird.

softlysoftly Tue 03-Sep-13 23:17:05

Scaryg that's the one that got me even thinking about it makes me get skin itchy

And whichever of you made me Google those fucking toad things bastard!

mynameismskane Tue 03-Sep-13 23:17:57

It's strangely addictive...

TylerHopkins Tue 03-Sep-13 23:19:17

Oh I love anything like this. Just like most of you like sporn stuff, this is my baby.

steppedonlego Tue 03-Sep-13 23:19:28

Surinam toads ruined me for at least a week.

GaryBarlowsPants Tue 03-Sep-13 23:23:30

Oooooh the dog's ear is gross. Other than that, I don't 'get' this phobia!
chillin it's a fear of holes, or clusters of holes.

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 23:23:44

You know those stress ball toys with a net and goo inside and then you squeeze them? They're pretty cool..

KatoPotato Tue 03-Sep-13 23:23:52

Oh emmabemma ehateveremma! You made my body do a big convulse and I knocked over my wine water

ToysRLuv Tue 03-Sep-13 23:24:24

The dog's ear is terrible - I agree.

KatoPotato Tue 03-Sep-13 23:25:29

My 'D' h and DS were making playdo pikmin and thought that pressing hundreds of googly eyes into a flat slab would make me a lovely gift.

My DH also likes to make vines of such a thing

MichelleRouxJnr Tue 03-Sep-13 23:47:52

Oh I have the opposite of trypophobia - I love these images.
Could look at them all night.
Your nightmares? I've had em, but they're dreams. Popping out marbles pressed into depressions all around a beach ball is a recurring favourite Sorry.

Didactylos Wed 04-Sep-13 02:36:03

The images do give an odd visceral reaction
they remind me of certain gum infections or fly strike
not going to link any images though
really think theres something in it as a instinctive rather than cultural avoidance

Oh, I am must be a freak. I love the pictures. want to touch ALL THE HOLES

scaryg Wed 04-Sep-13 08:21:33

Some of then arnt to bad it's the ones where the holes have some thing in them like the googly eyes or lotus pod or maggots and the like - boak.

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 08:23:46

Think we have a group hysteria going on here grin

Trills Wed 04-Sep-13 08:31:53

I have just googled lotus seed pods and cherry clafoutis just to look at them.

I don't love them or hate them.

I think some of you are overreacting because you've been told that t's disgusting and scary and yucky and will make you shiver and vomit and feel bad al day.

Here is a picture that will calm you down and rid your mind of the nasty holes. It's a carefully selected combination of colour, situation, and depth of field, to produce a suffusion of well-being.

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 09:31:28

I told my mum that there was a name for her phobia but not to google due to how upset the pics would genuinely make her and she still spent all evening torturing herself as to what they could actually be like

arrrghhhhwaiting Wed 04-Sep-13 09:53:42

My eyes sad

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 12:07:19

I've recovered now but will never look again

Fakebook Wed 04-Sep-13 12:10:31

I clicked on the first link last night and didnt think I had a problem with it. I laughed at people's stupid phobias. But I can't get that holey plant thing out of my head since last night now. It's horrible. It reminds me of those infected tonsils they show on Embarrassing Bodies...the ones with bits of food stuck in the holes. Sick.

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 12:15:09

I hated those tonsils, I kept imaging my feet were all holey last night and felt quite sick, that'll teach me


Especially upright penne.

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 13:05:28

I would have screamed the house down had that happened to my penne

ToysRLuv Wed 04-Sep-13 13:29:30

How do you feel about the word "cluster"? grin

SHarri13 Wed 04-Sep-13 13:32:21

Oh Jesus Christ, why did I do that. My skin is crawling. I can't bear clusters of natural things.

Fuck, fuck, fuck.

SHarri13 Wed 04-Sep-13 13:48:37

I showed my older two DCs lotus pods without any suggestion of dislike just 'look at these, they're lotus pods'. My 3 year old liked them and was very interested as with anything botanical. My 5 year old looked slightly disgusted and said he didn't like them.

celticclan Wed 04-Sep-13 13:57:19

It was something that I never even noticed until a previous thread on Mumsnet. Now I always notice holes and patterns but I don't get it. It's just a pattern. It's like having a phobia of stripes or polka dots. Why is it scary for so many?

ToysRLuv Wed 04-Sep-13 14:05:29

My nearly 4 year old loved the lotus pods and wanted to see more..

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 14:09:08

I hate the words Cluster, Clumps and Frilly. Shriek Shriek Shriek

iridium Wed 04-Sep-13 14:15:43

Is it just clusters of holes that people don't like? I catch my bus every day from next to the Bullring in Birmingham - is that different because it's bobbles?

Fakebook Wed 04-Sep-13 14:17:42

Isn't there a cereal called honey clusters or something? Eeew!

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 14:17:57

I'm going to google the bull ring and get back to you!

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 14:18:44

Pitted is another one I hate. Honey clusters bleeurgh

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 14:38:17

What about the small hole side of your cheese graters? When the cheese starts to push through ever so slow-ly.....

usualsuspect Wed 04-Sep-13 14:41:20

Why did I even click this thread.<shudders>

MadBusLady Wed 04-Sep-13 14:49:16

Ooh that was really interesting. When I googled it I got a big sort of prickly power surge on the right hand side of my brain.

MadBusLady Wed 04-Sep-13 14:50:12

I'm not sure my response can be that strong though, otherwise presumably I wouldn't be a sporner?

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 14:51:30

Bad mignonette

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 14:51:59

Wtf is a sporner? Do I want to know!

MadBusLady Wed 04-Sep-13 14:58:59

Someone who clicks on every klaxon thread and watches every video of blackhead removal.

Like this one.


MurkyMinotaur Wed 04-Sep-13 15:02:24

I've been wanting to ask other female trypophobics for years (but it's slightly inappropriate)...does anyone else remember when the surface layer of Always Ultra pads was a plasticky mesh? As though puberty wasn't bad enough?! It was probably around late 90's, early 2000's.

ToysRLuv Wed 04-Sep-13 15:04:36

I remember it, but had no problem with it.

Pawprint Wed 04-Sep-13 15:04:42

I googled. I don't feel well now sad

Crowler Wed 04-Sep-13 15:04:50


ToysRLuv Wed 04-Sep-13 15:04:59

But I'm not a trypophobic.

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 15:23:36

Oh dear god

Bluemonkeyspots Wed 04-Sep-13 15:27:11
Lweji Wed 04-Sep-13 15:27:12

And it's Trypophobia.

Your phobia of repeated patterns can't be that bad if you don't mind having two po po in the same word. grin

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 15:47:54

That's no cure bluemonkeyspots you wicked thing

peachactiviaminge Wed 04-Sep-13 16:04:38

Could be worse you could have Formicophilia.

Allofaflumble Wed 04-Sep-13 16:04:49

I have had this "thing" since I was a child and I know my Mum had it as if we drew patterns on our hands she would shudder and run off.

My first memory was seeing a neighbour sitting by the fire and there was a blotchy patterned rash on her legs. I was repulsed and could not stop thinking about it.

Also those pebbles which are set into concrete! Yuck.

Since then I can react to lots of things. Tree bark, The Sanex advert (scream) and sometimes even the patterns in my cat's fur plus the holes where his whiskers come out.

I have looked at some of the images and yes they are vile. That girl with the holes in her arms and knees really upset me. I try not to look anymore, but sometimes life throws you an image you are not expecting!

Scratching as I write this and my back goes into a shudder.

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 16:06:31

I bloody hat that sanex advert, the curanail one is my worst though

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 16:12:54

Don't look at photographs of the snout of a Manatee then AllofaFlumble. Lots of prickly spiked holes. And they swim right up to you ...

Eilidhbelle Wed 04-Sep-13 16:13:33

I googled it because even reading this thread was making my skin crawl - it wasn't as bad as I thought. This thread is worse, I think, the NOT knowing.

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 16:17:49

Here is Mr Manatee.

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 16:19:57

Are they endangered? Would you be arrested if you bopped them on a snout, say with a boxing glove on a stick or something?

Allofaflumble Wed 04-Sep-13 16:39:06

Mignonette that was awful. Not quite prepared for the patterned skin too.

Dare I say, they are damn cute too, just not such a close up of them. smile

FatPenguin Wed 04-Sep-13 16:50:35

Just googled it and I didn't know this phobia existed.
Those of you that have it, can you look at a shower head, colander, sea sponge etc ?

HeffalumpTheFlump Wed 04-Sep-13 16:55:17

I'm hiding this thread because everytime I see it the images come flooding back and make me feel sick. Yuck.

Bluemonkeyspots Wed 04-Sep-13 16:55:49

I can penguin, it's more the "things" protruding from the holes that freak me out, especially if its skin.

ephemeralfairy Wed 04-Sep-13 16:58:29

Oh GOD. I feel sick. I think my problem is the ones that look like rashes infected skin etc. Never had problems with non-organic holes. Although I did just see some tiger bread in the fridge at work. Eek.

ephemeralfairy Wed 04-Sep-13 16:59:30

But I bloody love a good cyst-popping/blackhead extraction video nasty.

melika Wed 04-Sep-13 17:03:55

Not normally squeamish but YANBU. Awful things them holes.

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 17:07:23

ThePower They are protected so even if they rubbed that snout up and down your arm you can do nothing....grin.

JerseySpud Wed 04-Sep-13 17:10:02

never ever look up spacedock fondue


Listentomum Wed 04-Sep-13 17:16:40

I as fine until the fucking holey spider piped on to my screen.

ZingWantsCake Wed 04-Sep-13 17:21:15

really doesn't bother me.

I mean the photos are not nice to look at, but my mind immediately translates them as interesting.

I'm a very visual person.
I love patterns.
I adore repeating patterns and tessellation - I design and make quilts and jewellery, I'd be unable to do either if I had this phobia!

in fact I think I'm probably a bit of a trypopophil!grin
and I'm pretty sure that so was Antonio Gaudi!

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 17:21:15

Think of how many creatures live in these holes?

Worms may live here.

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 17:23:23

Zing Me too. I am fixated on pattern and shape. I love a Fractal.

ZingWantsCake Wed 04-Sep-13 17:57:58

mignonette fractal?
what's that?

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 18:36:17

I screamed over those worm holes

Thepowerof3 Wed 04-Sep-13 18:43:42

I'd probably drown mignonette!

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 20:20:39

Fractal love here. They are repeating patterns like ferns, tree branches. You can make your own fractals on this site on the main page.

crescentmoon Wed 04-Sep-13 20:23:54

you know what OP i looked this up and sent pics to my cousins on whatsapp last night. i found out today that one of them was so affected by it she actually puked her dinner up in the bathroom - her mum was very angry with me! i felt queasy but cant believe more extreme reactions!

mignonette Wed 04-Sep-13 20:30:54

This is grim.

And I may be banned after posting this..Evil grin

fatpony Wed 04-Sep-13 20:31:38

Oh dear, just showed my husband and now he doesn't want his dinner!!! Says it reminds him of armadillos which he does have a random phobia of - the repeating pattern etc

ZingWantsCake Wed 04-Sep-13 21:32:21


yes, second one is nasty. bleurgh. but I still studied it for a whole minute!

the honeycomb is one of my favourite patterns ever - and I think it's fascinating.
I can't believe it is the most common image associated with trypopophobia!

ephemeralfairy Wed 04-Sep-13 22:50:19

Oh my lord I have been feeling shivery and itchy all afternoon and evening! I may never be the same again. Colanders! Bubbles in washing up water!!! Also I really bought into the studded clothes trend last year. Have had to rearrange my wardrobe to hide the nasties. confusedhmm

KatoPotato Wed 04-Sep-13 22:51:26

Fellow phobics. I had to turn off Grand designs tonight... Concrete with many many holes and some gaps with lots of pebbles poking through.

This post has taken me about 10 minutes to type.

ZingWantsCake Wed 04-Sep-13 22:55:08

how about polka dots on clothes -are they are problem?

or does the pattern "have to be " 3D image (so with depth or height)

Allofaflumble Wed 04-Sep-13 23:10:42

Polka dots and stripes might make me feel a bit dizzy but paisley for example would set me itching and shuddering if I were to really concentrate on the pattern. Bizarre.

SHarri13 Wed 04-Sep-13 23:16:46

The sanrx advert, horrible, I am most certainly tryptophobic, I never knew it was a 'thing' before today though.

TylerHopkins Wed 04-Sep-13 23:27:03

When I see holey patterns I feel the urge to stick my tongue in them.
I love Trypo pics. I'm addicted. Yum yum.

cafecito Wed 04-Sep-13 23:32:03

I have a wormy phobia. It started when I was studying helminths in immunology. I now am totally phobic. I won't give you certain words to google or the world will end grin

I have a revulsion to paisley too but fractals are awesome

TylerHopkins Wed 04-Sep-13 23:33:50
cafecito Wed 04-Sep-13 23:35:42

so, never ever google image search myiasis

cafecito Wed 04-Sep-13 23:36:55

oops, x posts <bleurgh>

SamHamwidge Wed 04-Sep-13 23:53:08

I get the same adverse reaction to ezcema patches. It has to be patches, with a distinct beginning.and end.

Ringworm is the worst. The more of a geometric shape it makes the iller I feel.

nocarsgo Wed 04-Sep-13 23:53:28

I was only brave enough to google lotus seed pods. Surprisingly creeped out by the Photoshopped image of a girl covered in them, but not by the things themselves. Was IS it that provokes such a strong disgust reaction in people? I don't quite get it.

nocarsgo Wed 04-Sep-13 23:58:19

Just seen someone explaining it up thread. Fascinating, these things we're hard wired to be grossed out by.

PresidentServalan Thu 05-Sep-13 00:36:49

Oh fucking hell - I had to google it, didn't I?? I was fine with the description but then I clicked on images.....

PresidentServalan Thu 05-Sep-13 00:40:49

And the I googled myiasis - one thing I have learned is that if someone says don't google something, they probably have a point!!!

olidusUrsus Thu 05-Sep-13 01:52:56

<<hides eczema patches>>

Auntybella Thu 05-Sep-13 02:30:26

Oh God! I'm lying in bed with goosebumps as I looked for a second and now can't get the images out of my mind.

My sister and I have had it since we were kids, we always just thought we were wierd.

That Sanex advert, eww!! I remember telling a friend about this and she took a mini hole punch to a piece of paper and punched hundreds of holes into it. I almost had a heart attack!

I don't actually have to see them, imagining that there COULD be anything with lots of holes is enough to set me off.

SmallTorch Thu 05-Sep-13 05:10:14

Are you all having me on? Is this a big joke? I can't believe looking at a crumpet, seed pod, or a honeycomb could make someone feel dizzy and sick!
Like, seriously? For real?

celticclan Thu 05-Sep-13 07:10:37

I agree smalltorch. I don't want to dismiss people's phobias as I have an "issue" with insects. However I'm wondering if my brain is wired a different way because I don't see anything remotely sick inducing or scary.

ZingWantsCake Thu 05-Sep-13 08:02:57

allofa and cafecito

you both mentioned Paisley - I don't like that pattern either. It's "wrong" somehow.

Upsy1981 Thu 05-Sep-13 08:17:47

I'm a sporner but have this really badly. Think its because generally a spot or blackhead is just one rather than a <gulp> cluster.

I refuse to google again. Each time these threads raise their head I think that it can't be as bad as I remember. Then I can't sleep for a few nights as the images invade my brain.

And as for that sanex advert....

fatdaddy72 Thu 05-Sep-13 12:16:19

Nope. Even thinking about googling it makes me cringe. I once had a weekend at a really nice country hotel through work and had to get the receptionist to remove the flower displays in my suite as they had those horrible seed things in.

But the pictures are so mesmerizing...

SHarri13 Thu 05-Sep-13 14:03:30

You see mine isn't for everything, only organic stuff like someone else mentioned. Strawberries are fit. For me it has to be clustered and round and small.

foreverhot Thu 05-Sep-13 15:18:06

Wittsend13 Oh god, the fucking breast picture. I didn't eat for 2 days after seeing that. It was 6 years ago and I still have ishoos about it.

<rocks back and forth in a ball>

ShootMeNowPlease Thu 05-Sep-13 19:33:57

mignonette, why did I click on your images? Why? I'm now not going to be able to sleep (though the second one didn't trigger the trypophobic response, interestingly, it was just really, really unpleasant in the same way an oozing wound would be and I closed it again almost instantly. The first one, on the other hand -bleuaraghgh. ).

Thepowerof3 Thu 05-Sep-13 19:43:53

I genuinely felt sick and light headed after looking at the images but know my mum would probably vomit, something that bothers one person could have no effect on the next. Tyler you made me heave don't stick your tongue in them! Just no no no. Has anyone seen the curanail advert?

mignonette Fri 06-Sep-13 10:01:42


softlysoftly Fri 06-Sep-13 12:10:56

I don't have an issue with natural patterns eg lotus pods but the second it's on skin I get a really strong revulsion and goosebumps from head to toe confused

Feel sick can't believe I looked at the breast one again <<clutches nipples>>

Fucking Sanex advert angry

Though since it was forged in the pits of hell put on TV I've drastically increased my reflexes. I'm like lightning with the sky remote these days.

Thepowerof3 Fri 06-Sep-13 13:56:33

Forged in the pits of hell, love it!

cushtie335 Fri 06-Sep-13 15:05:35

You're all nuts.

Thepowerof3 Fri 06-Sep-13 15:45:08

Poor us

UriGeller Fri 06-Sep-13 15:51:49

the only sensation I get from any of the photos is that I want to squeeze them til the thing in the middle pops out

ZingWantsCake Fri 06-Sep-13 15:52:19


is this bad too?

AnneUulmelmahay Fri 06-Sep-13 15:55:46

Nope that is fine Zing.

Frettchen Fri 06-Sep-13 16:19:19

Just google imaged the lotus pods (thinking that had to be safe to google) and could feel my skin tingling and the the skin on my scalp felt really tight.

I sort of want to look again to see if it still happens. Am very curious as to whether it's a natural reaction to the image (in which case, why?!?) or whether reading over 200 posts of people being creeped out has psychologically made me react this way because I've subconsciously built it up into a Big Thing...

moonfacebaby Fri 06-Sep-13 17:02:11

Lotus pods are foul....

I struggle when cutting up melon & the centre with all the seeds clustered together - yuk!

It's more organic patterns for me...it's a nauseous feeling.

ZingWantsCake Fri 06-Sep-13 17:04:02


is this ok?

melika Fri 06-Sep-13 17:24:09

I didn't have this phobia until now!!


EddieVeddersfoxymop Fri 06-Sep-13 18:17:47

I just looked too and felt physically sick. Never felt that before!! Thanks, MN confused

samu2 Fri 06-Sep-13 19:01:12

Don't google HyperDontia

Thepowerof3 Fri 06-Sep-13 19:41:38


Jackanory1978 Fri 06-Sep-13 19:49:33

What is Trypopophobia??!!

needaholidaynow Fri 06-Sep-13 19:51:24

Hyperdontia! That image with the teeth on the roof of the mouth! I've seen that before and it gives me a horrible feeling sad

ShootMeNowPlease Fri 06-Sep-13 22:00:14

It's only organic stuff for me - tripe, lotus seed pods, coral, that sort of thing. I saw a picture of a Surinam toad in a magazine once and really thought I was going to throw up. I'm fine with colanders and hole punches and things like that.

OxfordBags Fri 06-Sep-13 22:03:48

Okay, so on Tuesday, like a twat, I googled Tryptophobia. It gave 3 picture examples. The first was some kind of flesh/open pore monstrosity that has been given me the mind heaves ever-bloody-since. I can't stop compulsively thinking about it, because I don't understand what it is, but daren't look at it again in case I get even more freaky about it. Please could somebody tell me what the bloody hell it is a picture of?!

I dunno why it's messing with my head, I actually LIKE close-up pictures of holes, seed pods, inside hives, tesselation and so on!

Somebody please tell me, argh!

The Toad is what made my family think I'd finally lost it. I mean they had their suspicions I was a bit weird when I'd hide my mother's decorative shells which had holes all over them... and when she'd catch me smashing the lotus seed pods from her potpourri with a brick in the garden, or screaming hysterically because I'd upended an ant's nest and could see clusters of eggs. Typing 'clusters' is actually a trigger for me. I've made myself feel sick. Brilliant.

But The Toad is what made them worry for my sanity. I screamed and retched, had nightmares for weeks. That Toad is my fucking nemesis and should be aborted from nature.

Thepowerof3 Sat 07-Sep-13 08:21:42

Oxford bags, I think that first picture is some kind of coral

OxfordBags Sat 07-Sep-13 08:48:59

Oh, it being coral actually stops me feeling weird about it, phew!

Didactylos Sat 07-Sep-13 10:03:24

i thought the hyperdontia thing looked like one of those sheepshead fish (Pacu?) here but there seems to be a nose in the picture

Thepowerof3 Sat 07-Sep-13 10:38:04

Yes thinking its some kind of skin complaint, verucca etc makes it so much grosser

Thepowerof3 Tue 10-Sep-13 12:22:07

I read a library book to my kids last night and it had a picture of loads of jelly beans standing on end all clustered together, yuk

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