You’ve probably heard of arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) or acrophobia (the fear of heights). You may even have experienced them yourself. But did you know there are countless outlandish phobias out there you probably would never even think of? There’s even a phobia of phobias!
Read on to discover 12 super-strange phobias that affect people all over the world. You might even find one that sounds just a bit too familiar!
Trypophobia is the fear of small holes, particularly those that are clustered together in a pattern, such as honeycombs or clusters of soap bubbles.
Some research shows that trypophobia may be an exaggeration of our tendency to avoid dangerous circumstances. This argument states that the aversion to clusters of holes occurs was once a survival mechanism that innately led primitive humans to have a predisposition to fear these clusters of holes, as they may pose a potential threat.
When someone with trypophobia looks at small holes, their heart rate spikes.