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What is Trypophobia?

What exactly is Trypophobia?


Trypophobia is a word coined by some person in an online community (or probably offline) for an adverse reaction experienced by many to objects or images containing holes. It is almost always a number of holes. The holes may or may not be arranged in a pattern. They may be circular holes or irregular. The adverse reaction could be anything from a feeling of disgust to a full-blown panic attack. But most people suffering from Trypophobia claim to feel anxious, sick, itchy, goosebumps, dry mouth, and an obsession to keep seeing the object that triggered these feelings.

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