to ask what trypopphobia is?

(81 Posts)
ilikeyourface Sat 05-Apr-14 21:55:30

Too scared to google

It's a fear of holes I think.

Chloerose75 Sat 05-Apr-14 21:56:56

I don't dare to open the thread re the picture in active convos as I don't know what it is either!

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Apr-14 21:57:05


Just Google it

PolkaSpottyDotty Sat 05-Apr-14 21:57:15

Fear of small holes. Unusual!!

NurseyWursey Sat 05-Apr-14 21:59:29

Fear of holes and clusters.

HicDraconis Sat 05-Apr-14 21:59:37

Fear of objects with multiple small holes (sponges, beehives, some seed head type things).

Sandthorn Sat 05-Apr-14 21:59:49

Oh god, don't google it. It's sooooooo horrible. Sometimes you're just better off not knowing.

TaliZorahVasNormandy Sat 05-Apr-14 22:00:19

The term trypophobia [1] was coined in 2005, a combination of the Greek trypo (punching, drilling or boring holes) and phobia.[2] Although it is not recognized in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,[2][3] thousands of people claim to be affected by the phobia, which involves the fear of objects with small holes, such as beehives, ant hills and lotus seed heads.[3]

IdkickJilliansAss Sat 05-Apr-14 22:02:17

My mum genuinely has it, they make my skin crawl but not to the same extent as her

ilikeyourface Sat 05-Apr-14 22:02:57

I think I shall not google and leave myself in blissful innocence

Shaky Sat 05-Apr-14 22:04:33

In this case, ignorance is definately bless.

Do NOT google.

RosegoldRuby Sat 05-Apr-14 22:04:42


Stay in blissful ignorance.

Shaky Sat 05-Apr-14 22:04:53


RosegoldRuby Sat 05-Apr-14 22:06:49

Xpost with shaky.

Listen to us woman....

Topaz25 Sat 05-Apr-14 22:08:23

I think I know which image you are referring to when you say don't google it and if it makes anyone feel better, that photo is fake.

Allofaflumble Sat 05-Apr-14 22:09:23

My mum had it. It is a fear of certain patterns, not necessarily holes. One day I saw an old lady with joined up blotches on her legs and I felt a fear and my skin was crawling and itching.

I find it quite distressing to see shells in a pattern. If anyone saw the Harry Hill film they will know what I mean. It was a job for me to stay in my seat!

Tree bark, macaroni standing up in a saucepan, bubbles, those thin mushrooms all joined together on stalks, corals...cracks in dry earth...can all set me off shuddering and itching and just generally feeling very disturbed. Such a strange thing.

HumphreyCobbler Sat 05-Apr-14 22:10:56

If you google you may develop this phobia <bitter voice of experience>

Mine came from mumsnet about five years ago. One casual reference, one incautious google and BOOM.

LucyBabs Sat 05-Apr-14 22:11:49

I've googled and most pictures are photo shopped!

lunar1 Sat 05-Apr-14 22:14:02

Every time this thread comes up I think there is something wrong with me. I find the pictures quite relaxing!

phantomnamechanger Sat 05-Apr-14 22:15:24

I have this now, albeit probably quite mildly, thanks to MN and googling - there are some things you are better off remaining blissfully unaware of!

some of the pics make my skin crawl and head itch, it's really odd.

I have this. Have had since being very young, when there was no 'name' for it.

GreatSoprendo Sat 05-Apr-14 22:27:35

Do not ask what it is. And above all, don't google it. You can't unsee that shit.

I can't stand small regular shaped bubbles confused

DoJo Sat 05-Apr-14 22:31:00

I really don't get it - I have never met anyone who has it, but it seems incredibly prevalent on MN! I find the neatness of nature quite appealing, but I feel for those who do find it unsettling as you never know when you might encounter something which might trigger it.

I remember peering at a slice of pastrami with small holes in it when I was a child and trying to tell my mother that it was freaking me out. It wasn't very easy to explain! Anyway, I don't have the phobia, but those pictures do remind me of that pastrami...

Pipbin Sat 05-Apr-14 22:36:48
phantomnamechanger Sat 05-Apr-14 22:37:13

I don't "get" lots of phobias though Do-Jo....I know people who feel physically ill thinking about or touching plastic buttons, lots of people are terrified of clowns, DH has a real problem with heights..........but none of those bother me, everyones different

phantomnamechanger Sat 05-Apr-14 22:42:50

just because there are lots of fake/photoshopped pictures, does not mean the phobia does not exist. Holey patterns in nature eg sponges, bee hives, seed pods, spots, clusters of things......all very common


IdkickJilliansAss Sat 05-Apr-14 22:43:19

My DM got sweaty and panicky just thinking about what the pictures could be, imagine if she saw them!

Pipbin Sat 05-Apr-14 22:47:34

I'm not saying that the phobia is a fake, rather the images you get when you google it.

DonnaMoss Sat 05-Apr-14 22:52:14

I have this, it started years ago, a friend had one of those things that had all the pins in it and you put your hand in and it pushed all the pins through to make a hand shape on the other side (sorry thats a crap description). It made me freak out. I cant look at anything with holes in now without my skin crawling and itching all over. Also cant see anything like swarms of insects or flocks of birds flying on tv. The sanex adverts on tv make me retch when they zoom in on thousands of people from above. God I could puke just thinking about it.

NurseyWursey Sat 05-Apr-14 23:23:40

The first time I realised something was wrong was when I was about 9, and I looked at the inside of a pumpkin with all the seeds. I'll always remember that

Dominodonkey Sat 05-Apr-14 23:28:17

I have has this for years but only learnt the name recently. The multi eyed creature on monsters university starts me off and also the adverts which have loads of tessolated naked bodies.

Abbierhodes Sat 05-Apr-14 23:30:34

I absolutely do not understand this phobia. What is it based on? I mean, I know phobias are irrational, but they usually have some basis in truth...for example, a phobia of heights stems from the fact that in some situations you could actually fall and die. I know someone who has a phobia of all flying insects after she was stung by a bee as a small child and found it traumatic.
But how on earth can holes trigger any sort of primal fear?
Not being confrontational or intending to offend, but I genuinely don't get it.

NurseyWursey Sat 05-Apr-14 23:31:57

Abbie they don't all stem from something. Some people are scared of buttons, some of trees, fear of bright colours...

I don't know where it stems from but phobias don't have to stem from anything ha

DoJo Sat 05-Apr-14 23:35:43


Sorry - I don't mean that I don't understand the phobia (although I don't but that's just because I don't have it), just that I am really surprised at how many people on here suffer from it when I have never met anyone in real life! Not in a disbelieving way, just that I would have thought I would have come across someone with it considering that it seems to be a fairly common one.

DoJo Sat 05-Apr-14 23:36:57

Now have re-read your post and can't tell whether you were agreeing with me or thought I was being arsey! Either way, I wasn't and I agree with what you posted. Not very AIBU of me to want to make sure that I'm not accidentally disagreeing with you, but there you go...! grin

DubBgoodToMe Sat 05-Apr-14 23:42:49

Oh FFS. Everyone said don't google it so obviously I did

Should have known better

<vomit face> confused

NurseyWursey Sat 05-Apr-14 23:45:37

DoJo I think in most people it triggers some sort of revulsion, but in some people like me we throw up, cry, go shaky and sweaty...

it's a bit like when people say they have a spider phobia but in fact just don't like them.

SinisterBuggyMonth Sun 06-Apr-14 00:55:09


This pops up on mumsnet occasionally

I am intrigued but I don't want to "catch" this phobia as I have enough things to stress about already!

I can look at a sponge without being scared, would I be ok.

Please someone DISCRIBE why this so bad so I don't have to google it, and not some kind of in-joke hoax.

pixiestix Sun 06-Apr-14 01:19:38

Argh, I so want to google it. I can't imagine what could be so bad about little holes.

Idocrazythings Sun 06-Apr-14 01:37:41

I like the pictures and find them quite intriguing, but then I also like nothing better than cleaning a lovely mucky wound!

PariahHairy Sun 06-Apr-14 01:42:42

It's the toad that gets me, urgh the toad.

TheVictorian Sun 06-Apr-14 01:51:39
HicDraconis Sun 06-Apr-14 02:39:34

SinisterBuggy - can't describe why it's so bad as personally I don't find it disturbing in the slightest. Some of the pictures and patterns are quite pretty smile

If you imagine penne pasta standing in a clump vertically in the pan, that's the sort of pattern that sets the reaction off in people who don't like it. Can't be more descriptive without posting a pic which would obviously be v inappropriate give the depth of reactions described ready.

Curious though, would a line or two of O characters (so printed rather than looking like a natural pattern) be as disturbing?

Waimaz Sun 06-Apr-14 02:45:35

YABU you could have easily googled it and found out all about it on your own. No need for asking such a question? What were you hoping the outcome would be? Im just curious?

ilikeyourface Sun 06-Apr-14 08:41:05

I was hoping the outcome would be what happened exactly, I found out what it was without having to see any pictures

RedFocus Sun 06-Apr-14 08:43:06

Yeah I googled ages ago and have developed it! I sent it to my ds who now has it too. My dm didn't react to it and neither did my dh. Very odd but I can't even think about it without it making my skin crawl. It actually makes me feel sick and I get a flood of saliva in my mouth. It's horrid.

hackmum Sun 06-Apr-14 08:53:26

I suffer from this. I wouldn't describe it as a phobia, exactly, more an extreme aversion. Very small things close together make me shudder. It seems quite rare, but recently we had someone visit our house and we invited her into the garden to look at the frogs in the pond (we have loads at the moment), and she had a look and said it really gave her the creeps to see so many frogs close together in one place, and I knew exactly what she meant. I was trying to suppress it (my DH thinks I'm mad) but it was really making my flesh crawl.

hackmum Sun 06-Apr-14 08:54:00

"If you imagine penne pasta standing in a clump vertically in the pan, that's the sort of pattern that sets the reaction off in people who don't like it."

Yes! I get this. I cook penne quite a lot and hate it when this happens.

phantomnamechanger Sun 06-Apr-14 08:56:49

I think the majority of people in real life have no idea of the name of this phobia, whereas loads of MNers have been exposed to quite extreme images and now realise why they feel a bit icky when they see swarms of insets or clusters of holes etc. that most people would just shrug off. Until MN I was quite happy looking at holey pasta, those insect houses made of tubes of bamboo - now they make me shudder.

either that or folk genuinely do not discuss their phobias because they don't want to trigger the unwelcome feelings or they are afraid of being mocked - my friend has a really serious button phobia, I had never heard of it but its genuine and quite debilitating - she could not have buttons on any of her dc clothes. she cant explain why, its not rational.

and I repeat - do not ever under any circumstances google pictures of Surinam toads. just don't. you have been warned!


the Surinam toad has a strange way of hatching its young, the fertilised eggs stick to and embed in the mothers back and the tadpoles grow inside these bulgy blisters then they burst gradually and little baby toads crawl out of these gross holes all over her back.

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Sun 06-Apr-14 08:59:41

It's possibly to do with decay. For me, the worst aspect is the idea of holes with things in them ( feeling shivery just typing that) and it kind of relates to the idea of things rotting, particularly flesh and vegetable matter. I've read things that suggest this is the root. I'm certainly a very squeamish person generally so it makes sense to me that my 'disgust' triggers are more extreme than some people.

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Sun 06-Apr-14 09:01:00

I've had this reaction since I was a child by the way, but it has got worse as I've grown older, which is common with most phobic reactions.

Orlando Sun 06-Apr-14 09:05:00

Interesting! My dd has this, though I had no idea it had a name and was quite a well- established thing. (I thought it was an excuse not to stop faffing on snapchat when asked to chop up a red peppersmile)

phantomnamechanger Sun 06-Apr-14 09:08:01

looking back to my childhood, I was always disgusted by the patterns of tiny scabs you get with a graze, or piles of wriggling ants/maggots, and I also hated the pattern you get on sand when its raining lightly - all those dimples - bleurgh! But I did not know till MN that this was a phobia and had a name.

needaholidaynow Sun 06-Apr-14 09:13:56


SinisterBuggyMonth Sun 06-Apr-14 09:16:40


SinisterBuggyMonth Sun 06-Apr-14 09:16:59


Sicaq Sun 06-Apr-14 09:17:20

I have wondered if it is an innate fear of parasitic infection that is at root of it. Does't explain why some people feel fascinated, though. I guess it triggers a visceral response in almost everyone, but how that visceral response is consciously interpreted (fascination, fear, revulsion, even sexual arousal according to some trypophilia websites) depends on our personal experiences.

SinisterBuggyMonth Sun 06-Apr-14 09:18:08

If that actually dies upset anyone, that's gonna have to be the strangest post mumsnet have ever deleted

SinisterBuggyMonth Sun 06-Apr-14 09:18:31


DragonMamma Sun 06-Apr-14 09:20:14

Oh my god, I'm so pleased that this has a name.

I've had this for the past few years and have a massive aversions to certain patterns, to the point where they make me feel really ill to look at them.

I'm off to inform DH that it actually has a name because he's been thinking I'm strange...

NinjaLeprechaun Sun 06-Apr-14 09:29:06

Abbie I can almost understand a fear of holes, because you can never tell what might be in them. There might be spiders, my own personal nightmare.
On the other hand, I'm afraid of fish and their creepy fish faces. There's no particular reason or explanation for that.

ShellingtonsSister Sun 06-Apr-14 09:37:32

I've been wondering about something for a while - are trypophobes scared of artex? You know, when you stare at it for ages and you get an optical illusion where the bumps turn into holes?

Samu2 Sun 06-Apr-14 09:40:28

I have it, had it for years but never knew it had a name.

I once had a dog who had little holey patterns in his nose and it made me anxious every time I looked at it.

I have anxiety over a lot of patterns, not just holes which I always assumed was related to my OCD somehow. Sometimes the sun shines through my attic bedroom window and leaves a pattern on my wall and it freaks me out, so for me, it is a phobia of some patterns and holes.

changeforthebetter Sun 06-Apr-14 09:41:21

I actually love patterns like this blush (weirdo) grin

SinisterBuggyMonth Sun 06-Apr-14 10:06:08

Oh blimey. Had a look. The skin stuff is sooooo photoshopped! Not nice though. Odd feeling on my back!

I can still look at a honeycomb ok.

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Sun 06-Apr-14 10:10:50

I can deal ok with man made holes if they have a regular pattern. I can't bear irregular patterns though and anything organic makes me feel disgusting. Lotus seed pods are a good example, you see them in supermarkets pot pourri arrangements, why would you want that in your house?

PansOnFire Sun 06-Apr-14 10:15:36

Oh I hate that feeling, I've had it since I was a kid but I didn't realise it had a name either. It's the oddest feeling and I don't know whether it's unpleasant or pleasantly unpleasant. I have the urge to google but I know it will make me feel sick. Weird!

PaulinesPen Sun 06-Apr-14 10:17:07

I suppose Crunchies are out then.

DragonMamma Sun 06-Apr-14 10:27:07

I'm the same as Ehric and only get funny over irregular patterns and organic things. Anything with a defined, uniform pattern doesn't bother me. Honeycomb also doesn't bother me but I Googled some pictures and my skin crawled at some of the Photoshopped ones.

whitepuddingsupper Sun 06-Apr-14 10:28:37

I think it's the fear of parasites for me, loads of small holes in something living suggest infestation or disease. I am another one who can cope with synthetic stuff, bubbles and pasta don't bother me but a holey pattern in a plant or living creature freaks me out.

Sicaq Sun 06-Apr-14 13:10:50

I don't know whether it's unpleasant or pleasantly unpleasant.

That's exactly it for me, PansOnFire. It's so hard to interpret the feelings in produces.

NurseyWursey Sun 06-Apr-14 14:02:54

Crunchies are fine too. Natural honey comb like with bees I can't look at, but crunchies are fine.

NurseyWursey Sun 06-Apr-14 14:03:10

whitepudding I think thay may be why so many of us have it!

EHoneybadger Sun 06-Apr-14 14:22:30

I'm another one who has it but didn't know it had a name or that other people felt the same.

For me it is swarms that are the worst. When I was little we had a couple of summers of swarms of flying ants and felt to revolted and skin crawly to leave the house.

I'm not great with bee swarms although I love bees and hate frog spawn although love frogs.

I'm not normally an anxious or phobic person but every now and again will catch a pattern or picture that makes me feel squirmy and a bit sick.

Thank you for giving me a word to call this. Somehow I find it reassuring.

Sandthorn Sun 06-Apr-14 20:06:28

Does anybody else who gets this have a problem with mushrooms in general? I hate mushrooms altogether (the smell makes me sick), but the gills actually make my skin crawl... Like proper phobia.

everlong Sun 06-Apr-14 20:08:42

I cannot stand photo's of black stitches on skin. Itakea me feel similar to the hole thing.

BertieBotts Sun 06-Apr-14 20:16:28

Lines of oooooo are lines, not groups and they are not close enough together to provoke a reaction.

Abbie some scientists reckon it's related to decay or disease/parasites. Rotting wood for example would definitely set it off, as does woodworm. So it could be a primal instinct to warn us away from danger. DH read an article that says 20% of women have it and 10% of men.

It was my thread, BTW, and there are no pictures on it (any more? I think someone posted one which was deleted)

I don't find it a problem TBH. I hardly ever come across things which trigger it naturally, not seriously anyway, maybe a little bit (but even that is fairly rare).

Those book sculptures popular on social media about a year ago set me off.

itsmeitscathy Sun 06-Apr-14 20:45:30

Eeurgg I love the taste of crumpets but I can't bear to look at them. I discovered there was a word for this not long ago. Honeycomb also freaks me out.

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