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to ask what trypopphobia is?

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ilikeyourface Sat 05-Apr-14 21:55:30

Too scared to google

JulietBravoJuliet Sat 05-Apr-14 21:56:54

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.

TooOldForGlitter Sat 05-Apr-14 22:25:38

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 05-Apr-14 22:30:42

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.

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