Many people have a fear of holes, known as trypophobia. This phobia affects everyday life and can be detrimental for some people.
The fear of holes, known as trypophobia, does not have to pertain to holes dug in the ground. Most of the time, the fear manifests itself when a person sees irregular patterns of holes. These holes can be holes found in meat, wood, honeycombs, sponges, and other common objects. Trypophobia is a relatively new fear; the name was coined around the year 2005. Scientists do not know why this fear is present in some humans, but they have speculated that the brain associates the irregular patterns of holes as a danger. It is estimated that about 15% of the people in the world suffer from trypophobia.
Trypophobia affects everyday life and can be detrimental for some people. Symptoms differentiate between people, but common possible symptoms are:
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Losing control or feeling “crazy”
- Sweating and/or nausea
- Skin feels itchy, or shuddering/shivering
The most effective way to overcome trypophobia is exposure.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy- Altering “scary” thoughts into more positive ones.
- Counseling/Hypnosis- If a traumatizing event in one’s youth is the problem, this becomes an effective method to help them.
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming Therapy- Exposing the subject to their fear and helping them to alter their emotions.
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