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The most common phobia you have never heard of 

Does the sight of soap bubbles, aerated chocolate or a lotus flower seed pod bring you out in a cold sweat and make you feel panicky? If so, you could be a sufferer of one of the most common phobias you have never heard of – trypophobia, or the fear of holes.
For trypophobes, the sight of clusters of holes in various formations can cause intensely unpleasant reactions – from serious migraines and panic attacks to hot sweats and increased heart rate.
New research by visual science experts Dr Geoff Cole and Professor Arnold Wilkins from the University of Essex suggests that trypophobia may occur as a result of a specific visual feature also found among various poisonous animals. 
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Photo credit: François-Pierre Chaumeton
I have a book that I love, but when I was a child (now I’m used to it, as Dr Geoff Cole says at the end of the article) I couldn’t browse it because of the picture of this post. Terrifying! Finally, a theory that tries to explain this very bizarre  thing.
Can you guess the subject of the photo?EDIT:And the answer is… Pores under the cap (pileus) of a mushroom (genus Boletus). I can’t tell you the magnification because unfortunately it isn’t reported.

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The most common phobia you have never heard of 

Does the sight of soap bubbles, aerated chocolate or a lotus flower seed pod bring you out in a cold sweat and make you feel panicky? If so, you could be a sufferer of one of the most common phobias you have never heard of – trypophobia, or the fear of holes.

For trypophobes, the sight of clusters of holes in various formations can cause intensely unpleasant reactions – from serious migraines and panic attacks to hot sweats and increased heart rate.

New research by visual science experts Dr Geoff Cole and Professor Arnold Wilkins from the University of Essex suggests that trypophobia may occur as a result of a specific visual feature also found among various poisonous animals. 

Read more

Photo credit: François-Pierre Chaumeton

I have a book that I love, but when I was a child (now I’m used to it, as Dr Geoff Cole says at the end of the article) I couldn’t browse it because of the picture of this post. Terrifying! Finally, a theory that tries to explain this very bizarre  thing.

Can you guess the subject of the photo?

EDIT:
And the answer is… Pores under the cap (pileus) of a mushroom (genus Boletus). I can’t tell you the magnification because unfortunately it isn’t reported.

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    There’s a name for that? Holy frick I thought I was just a weirdo.
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    lol I have never even heard of this. But no…I love holes. As awkward as that sounds.
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    You want this phobia? Here you go *shudder* Surinam toad ampullae of lorenzini
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    Yes, someone who understands. Haha
  20. kittenberryy reblogged this from shychemist and added:
    Cool, I’m sensitive to imagery that involves clusters of holes, but only if those holes are concave. I am not sensitive...
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    Oh my god I finally understand why I want to throw up when I see things like that
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