Why are some people afraid to see the holey items?

Does you have any feelings the photograph, which depicted a honeycomb? And maybe, at the sight of aerated chocolate you want to curl up in a corner and quietly cry? Or, perhaps, at the sight of Lotus seed your body somehow begins to run cold shivers and starts the nausea and dizziness? If Yes, then most likely you suffer from a recurring fear of holes — trypophobia. This kind of unexplained fear affects about 16% of the population, which experts seriously interested in the causes of severe mental reactions at the sight of a harmless cluster of holes, decided to do some research.

What is trypophobia?

Despite the fact that international medical organizations have not recognized fear at the sight of clustered holes for a mental disorder, thousands of people across the planet say that experiencing this type of phobia. The term “trypophobia” was coined in 2005 by an anonymous woman from Ireland on one of the web forums and by 2009 it was used more actively, because we are starting to see more and more people who suffered from the same kind of fear.

According to an article published on the website Newscientist.compeople that suffer from trypophobia, often mistaken as caused by a feeling of disgust appears completely natural. Not the most pleasant feeling arises due to the fact that most for disease diagnosis to use with skin lesions of man different types of parasites that cause associated symptoms as nausea and weakness in a completely healthy person.

Specialists conducted a small study in the relation of trypophobia, the results of which showed that the disease is directly related to an instinctive fear of harm from the really dangerous things, which later on is transferred to the completely innocuous things.

In the study, researchers analyzed 76 images, which could cause trypophobia reaction and compared them with 76 control images that did not cause the effect of disgust. It turned out that the images that cause a specific reaction had one thing in common spectral composition: the images were different colors high contrast in the distribution space. Some scientists believe that this phobia is connected with an unconscious response to hazardous organisms.