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Scientists Think They Know What Causes Trypophobia – Mental Floss

Warning: We cropped most of the holes from the honeycomb image, but the story contains a photo of a dried lotus seed pod.

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Picture a boat hull covered with barnacles, a dried lotus seed pod, milk bubbles on a latte, or a honeycomb. Images of these objects are harmlessunless you’re one of the millions of people suffering from trypophobia. Then they’re likely to induce intense disgust, nausea, and fear, and make your skin crawl.
Coined fairly recently, the term trypophobia describes the fear of clusters of holes. The phobia isnt recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but its visibili…

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