Trypophobia: The Fear of Holes
Many people believe that they are the only ones who are unsettled by tiny holes in asymmetrical clusters. This fear is known as trypophobia. It is not all holes that make people feel uncomfortable, but certain types of holes in patterns that cause a creepy and itchy feeling all over the body, such as a lotus seed pod.
The types of holes that trypophobics fear can be categorized as flesh, food, flora, burrowing, geological, or other. Flesh holes occur in various types of tissues in humans and animals, including blackheads, pockmarks left by acne or other skin disorders, and holes caused by creatures that may have eaten through the skin. Food holes can be found in cheese, meat, and offal. Flora holes are dried seed pods found in potpourri. Burrowing holes are made by worms and maggots. Geological holes are naturally created, like those formed by the ocean in rocks. There are also other types of holes, such as those created in melting ice and snow.
While trypophobia may be a real fear for some individuals, it is not a widely recognized or studied phobia. Nevertheless, those affected by it are advised to seek treatment options like Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques and methods.
NLP focuses on quick elimination and eradication of unwanted phobias. It shows individuals that they can understand and replicate their own successful experiences in life. It is a way to discover and unfold hidden potentials in oneself and others. NLP is the study of excellence, the process of understanding the conscious and unconscious parts of a person that enable them to do what they do. The key to success is often unknown consciously. NLP can identify these hidden pieces and help individuals change them.
NLP exercises can be mental, thought experiments, or games. The mind is the laboratory where the experiments take place. Whether it is to improve relationships, eliminate anxiety, or become more competitive in the marketplace, NLP techniques can help individuals to find the key pieces they need to achieve success.
So, next time you encounter holes in something, keep in mind that trypophobia affects thousands of people worldwide. Seek help if you believe that you suffer from this fear to live a more comfortable life.
Written by John Brace