• Share. Be Supported. Recover.

    We are a friendly, safe community supporting each other's mental health. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Trypophobia anyone? (fear of many small holes)



Well-known member
Mar 31, 2015
Oh my GOD, for at least 30 years I've had this and didn't know. I DID know that I was absolutely disgusted by things like close ups of hair follicles, certain types of pimples like the Youtube channel where they show close ups of blackheads being squeezed...

Right now I just googled this phobia to confirm its proper name, and I clicked on "images" and as soon as I saw all the examples of stuff, instantly I got all cold and shivery, and even now, 5 minutes later I'm still squeamish and I keep half laughing / half snorting in...amused disgust...

And yet I'm not actually SCARED of any of it. I actually find it fascinating in its revulsion. I am SO beyond disgusted at it but I cannot look away. I enjoy watching reality cosmetic surgery shows on TV for example, and when they show hair transplants or wounds that show close ups of skin staples or stitches, I actually move closer to the screen, as a part of me LIKES being repulsed!

Is this weird? lol


Well-known member
Jul 31, 2020
Have heard of this one before, yeah, it's sort of creepy, dunno how common the actual phobia might be... sometimes you just gotta see or encounter things that cause revulsion.


Well-known member
Jul 18, 2021
It is apparently a common human reaction. Seeing a bunch of irregular shaped holes together in a surface reminds us of sickness and infection. But symetric regular holes, like a beehive, doesn't have the same effect.


Well-known member
Mar 31, 2015
Oh, I find beehives repugnant too! And vegetables (like potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions) that have sprouted those stem things. I can't stand them! It's like huge hair follicles with thick hairs sprouting out! lol
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
A Thanatophobia- Does anyone have this fear and does he keep affirming himself all day that its ok. Phobia Forum 3
D Is there anyone on here scared of the dark? Phobia Forum 29
D Anyone else? Phobia Forum 15
A phobia of not dying- anyone else? Phobia Forum 4
Quietman5 Fear of FAILURE Anyone Phobia Forum 6
M does anyone have a phobia of not waking up? Phobia Forum 3
M Please help me, anyone have this anxiety,scared your never sleep again Phobia Forum 10
C Anyone know much about Xenophobia? Phobia Forum 1
D Anyone have a fear of working? Phobia Forum 22
M any fear of being put in a white straight jacket Phobia Forum 3
P Aftermath of dealing with fear... Phobia Forum 4
A Intense fear of power stations Phobia Forum 6
F Sciophobia / Sciaphobia (Fear of shadows) Phobia Forum 1
lifecangetbetter what is your greatest fear in which you will die? Phobia Forum 41
Emikin I have a phobia of toilets, spiders,lifts and a fear of my autism Phobia Forum 5
pjb15201 Fear of open heights Phobia Forum 3
docbrown2015 I have a really bad fear of... Phobia Forum 4
K I can't overcome my phonophobia(fear of loud sounds) no matter what Phobia Forum 1
F Fear of failure Phobia Forum 4
K Leukophobia(Fear of white things) Phobia Forum 3
A Fear For Height Phobia Forum 4
ToadFrog15 Fear of vulnerability Phobia Forum 4
OmniscientNihilist Fear of deep dark water Phobia Forum 13
L Extreme Fear of cats Phobia Forum 8
Q Can you genuinely have more than one fear? Phobia Forum 12
Q Fear of vomiting or am I being ridiculous? Phobia Forum 8
T I have Entomophobia (fear of bugs) and people think it is a joke Phobia Forum 11
dabearwiffdasammich Fear of bugs. Phobia Forum 12
R Fear of heights debilitates me Phobia Forum 3
T Extreme fear of sleeping help Phobia Forum 6
Bluejay7500 Whats your biggest fear? Phobia Forum 267
D fear of ghosts. can't sleep alone at night. Phobia Forum 5
L Fear or feathers Phobia Forum 2
U Fear of functioning near people Phobia Forum 3
Quietman5 Fear of FAILURE Phobia Forum 14
H Fear of people hurting me Phobia Forum 1
J Syngenesophobia (fear of a relative) Phobia Forum 7
I Fear of touching inside my body? Phobia Forum 4
W Fear of showering Phobia Forum 2
xPhantomThiefx Fear of semen Phobia Forum 1
L Irrational fear of sudden death. Phobia Forum 3
B Fear of expected loud noises/sudden things Phobia Forum 2
C Fear of choking/Agoraphobia/Globus Sensation Phobia Forum 4
H Fear of being sick in public Phobia Forum 1
Wandering Pumpkin Fear of sleepwalking Phobia Forum 1
M Fear of MRI Phobia Forum 4
H an immense fear of getting new glasses and wearing them Phobia Forum 6
T I have numerous fear; the ones I want to overcome is puppies and the police. Phobia Forum 1
S Fear of drs or lack of trust? Phobia Forum 4
V Fear ofvswimming in the deep end ( history of panic) Phobia Forum 11

Similar threads