A growing number of people are reporting a fear of holes.
This condition is called Tripophobia . The reaction is so severe that even the photos they see of the holes can trigger a panic attack.
According to the website Trypophobia.com , “Tripophobia is a rare type of phobia and can usually be considered as fear of forms. We are talking mostly about the forms created by nature. “Until recently, it did not get much attention from scientists or doctors.
But now, a study published in the journal Psychological Science tries to explain the fear of forms.
Researchers Geoff Cole and Arnold Wilkins, of the Brain Science Center at the University of Essex based their research on the images published on Trypophobia.com, concluded that they are not the holes these people fear. Instead, brains associate holes with danger. What kind of danger, they feel ?, is precisely being studied.
According to the site, the fear covers “grouped holes in the skin, meat, wood, plants, corals, sponges, mold, dried seed pods and honeycomb.”
The reaction of these holes is intense. “These can make them feel that their skin is crawling, shuddering, itching and physically sick to see these images because they really are disgusting and disgusting. Some of these people think that something might be living inside those holes and some of them are afraid they might fall into these holes, “explains the website.” It can even trigger panic attacks.
Along with these explanations, the site has photos of holes that often trigger fear. Wilkins and Cole decided to analyze these photos.
“You can take any image and break it down into its basic fundamental components that are significant to the visual system,” said Cole. “This would be things like luminance, contrast, the wavelength of light.”
His analysis showed that the details of the holes share unique characteristics, but do not reveal a different common denominator. According to Shots, the understanding came after they spoke with a tripophobic.
This person said that the photos of the blue ring octopi carry out their phobia. Cole showed him the images of other poisonous animals, and provoked the same reaction. When analyzing those images, Cole determined that they shared the same unique features as the photos on the trypophobia website .
The similarity led Cole and Wilkins to conclude that the tripphobia triggers a fear of danger. The holes, or images of holes, stimulate a primitive part of your brain that associates the image with something dangerous.
Most people have adapted to be able to recognize that there is no danger, but for tripphobes, it is an unconscious act that they can not control.