The Fear of Holes

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Scientists believe the fear of holes is subconsciously tied to the fear of poisonous creatures.


    Two psychologists from the University of Essex say the fear of holes, or trypophobia, is very common and its origins are lodged somewhere in our evolutionary history.  Trypophobes report feeling uneasy, queasy, or itchy when seeing sponges, milk foam bubbles on a latte, soap bubbles, lotus pods…anything with a cluster of holes. Researchers now believe trypophobes are subconsciously making a connection between small holes and a poisonous animal…like the highly poisonous blue-ringed octopus or King Cobra snake.