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10 things you know are off-limits if you have a morbid fear of small holes

Triggering images contained within, people.

FOR THOSE OF you who may not be aware, there are many, many people in your life who have a fear of small holes, or worse, clusters of small holes.

This fear is called trypophobia. And it is very, very real.

Reportedly, it’s linked to a fear of infection and disease, and makes sufferers want to rip their own scalp out rather than be confronted with so much as an image of the Godforsaken things.

If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you’re not an acute sufferer, as those that are will have been deterred by the headline alone.

no from me

So, instead, let’s consider this an informative piece for friends and family of trypophobics.

And with that, it’s useful to remember that the following are off-limits.

1. Certain fruit.

While not technically holes, clusters of any small bumps can send a trypophobic into their dark place, and the inside of a melon is up there.


2. Ailments related to feet.

Unfortunately, small holes are a symptom of many feet-related ailments.

Whether it’s a corn or a verruca, you’d be hardpressed to find a trypophobic who would willingly help you in that department.

3. Excessive bubbling.

While the idea of a frothy coffee is most people’s heaven, trypophobics are likely to break out in hives if they’re faced with an excessive amount of bubbles on the surface.

4. Threadbare sponges.

With threadbare sponges comes an excessive number of holes.

And with an excessive number of holes comes a full-on fight for survival.

5. Honeycomb.

If you want to send a trypophobic into utter despair, present them with an image  of honeycomb.

And then prepare to call an ambulance… for one or both of you.


6. Lotus heads.

For many trypophobics, the fear lies in the unknown.

What’s lying within those damn holes?


7. Black Panther.

In case you hadn’t heard, Black Panther has been triggering trypophobics like there’s no tomorrow.

And that’s because Killmonger’s chest is nothing short of an absolute nightmare.


8. The Ellen Show.

Sitting to the right of Ellen is a stage prop that will lose her plenty of viewers if she doesn’t get rid pronto.

9. Images like this.

Sweet Jesus, no.

10. Oh, and sentiments like THIS.

It’s real, damn it. It’s REAL.

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