Fear of Holes Phobia – Trypophobia

Trypophobia or the fear of holes phobia can be defined as the pathological and irrational fear of  holes and clusters, trypophobic person suffers from anxiety when they see or hear of clustered holes. Such a hole might be the hole in holes in meat, clusters/pores on the skin, on vegetables or fruits or even those in sponges, wood, honeycombs  and the black hole etc.
This post is dedicated to all those who have phobia of holes  or Trypophobic as some might call It and
I was opportuned to know about this phobia while I was having a discussion with a good friend of mine on why some people have fear of soaps due to the harsh chemicals used in producing them and that was when he told  he has the  the fear of  holes. This friend of mine is huge with 6 packs and yet he his scared of holes , so to everyone out with phobia of holes, you are not alone. Trypophobia is one of the most common fears
Trypophobia is a proposed name for the phobia (intense, irrational fear) of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The term is believed to have been coined by a participant in an online forum in 2005.

It is estimated that about 15% of the total world population have the fear of holes, but unfortunately, scientist are still yet to ascertain the main reason why people are afraid of clustered and asymmetrical  holes.

The world trypophobia which is used to describe those who are phobia of holes was recently introduced into the phobia list in 2005. So at the moment, various research are still going on in various countries to uncover what the fear of holes  is all about and how to effectively cure it.
But this post will do a bit of justice in reflecting some of the recent discovery about Trypophobia.

Causes of Trypophobia-The Fear Of Holes

The fear of holes is general not known to the psychological society and most scientist believe that believed that trypophobia is actually not a phobia that arise from anxiety but from disgust thereby making it easier to overcome when compared with other type of phobias.
  It is believe that the brain of one who is trypophobic tries to associate clustered holes with some kind of danger thereby resulting into a kind of fight or flight response, this in most cases, might be as result of the past trauma such a person might have gone through in the past. It is also believed that a person who once suffers from Skin rash or even chicken pox might have the phobia of clustered holes due to the fact that it brings back the ugly memory of their trauma.
Trypophobia might also be triggered in people who once had a bee sting or knew anyone who once suffer in the hand of bees, bee hives which in most cases is full of several irregular holes might be a triggering agent

Symptoms of the Fear of Holes

Most people that have the phobia of little and clustered holes might experience one or more of the following when they See or hear of holes, be it holes on the skin:

  • 1.
    Rapid heart rate
  • 2.
  • 3.
    Hot or cold flashes
  • 4.
    Feeling of going  crazy and losing control
  • 5.
    Chest pain
  • 6.
    Feeling of choking
  • 7.
    Inability to distinguish between reality and unreality
  • 8.
    Trembling sweating
  • 9.
    Thoughts of death
  • 10.
    Nausea or other gastrointestinal distress

Cure for the fear of Holes

Facing your fears is the best way to treat fear of holes phobia, just like other types of phobia the most effective treatment for trypophobia is Cognitive Behavioural therapy, here, a trypophobic person is exposed gradually to several clustered holes, this will help in distinguishing between reality and mere imagination


Like I said earlier, a little is know about the phobia of Holes but mere seeing the images of Holes can trigger trypophobia in certain people, the only way to know if one is trypophobic is by taking a trypophobia Test, I recently added this test to my blog for those who really wanna ascertain if they have the phobia of holes or not. The test is packed with several images that is capable of triggering Trypophobia in those who have it, a standard grade is also included in all the images, all you need do is to go through the images, add your grades together  and you will be able to really ascertain if you have the phobia of holes or not. If you really want to take our fear of Holes test, Click Here

Common Questions On Trypophobia

Being a new type of phobia, I have been receiving lots of Questions about Trypophobia and I think it will be nice to answer some of those Questions Here.So below are some of the Questions I have received so far and my answers to them.

Is TRYPOPHOBIA a disease? Question 1

Answer: Trypophobia is the unnecessary fear of holes and not a disease itself but Perhaps holes, particularly in organic objects, subconsciously remind us of the symptoms of contagious illnesses that affect the skin, such as the rash or blisters associated with measles and chicken pox, respectively. All of this, of course, is speculation, and just goes to show how little we know about trypophobia. Trypophobia Skin Disease Explains more on that


Trypophobia is the alleged pathological fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes, such as beehives, ant hills and lotus seed heads. Trypophobia is a proposed name for the phobia (intense, irrational fear) of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The term is believed to have been coined by a participant in an online forum in 2005.

How do you get TRYPOPHOBIA?

Trypophobia is not a disease and as such cant be gotten through insect bites or contact with people with trypophobia, it is the fear of holes and it as nothing to do with your immune system but rather with a section of the brain which associates trypophobia images with danger and as such an exposure to such images with make  a trypopbe or a trypophobic person experience a surge in heart beat, increase in sweating and other symtopms associated with Phobia.A growing number of people are reporting a fear of holes. The reaction is so severe that even seeing photos of holes can set off a panic attack. The condition is called trypophobia.

Is Trypophobia Contagious

Trypophobia is not a disease and as such it is not contagious. Just as I have said earlier, trypophobia as to do with the way the brain is wired and as such cant be influenced by mere contact with someone who is trypophobic

In conclusion,the fear of holes phobia is still very new to the science and several experiments
are still ongoing  to ascertain  it causes and thus it treatment, so If you are trypophobic you can assist us by telling using the comment form below what you think might be the cause of trypohobia and how you feel when you see holes



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