Why Trypophobia is incongruous?

Why Trypophobia is incongruous?

Ever felt a repugnance tickle in your body when you come across an object or an image filled with holes and gross pores which fills you with a sudden intense of disgust?

Yes, you may feel a tickle and so my friend you are welcome in this bandwagon of Trypophobia. According to a study, this phobia is not considered in the American Psychiatric Association’s current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Almost 80-90% people react the same way as you do which comprises of various degrees of tickles such as fear, disgust or even a panic attack.

It’s likely “a natural and widely shared phenomenon that most people can experience to some degree,” says Renzo Lan Franco, a Ph.D. student in psychology and human cognitive neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh who has researched Trypophobia.

Also, Geoff Cole, a psychologist at the university of Essex in England refers the disorder as the “the most common phobias you have ever heard of”.

Symptoms of Trypophobia:

Symptoms of trypophobia are divided into 3 simple categories:

1. Mental Uneasiness

Cognitive-related reactions, such as uneasiness, anxiety, helplessness, disgust or fear.

2. Physical Symptoms

Goosebumps, itching or and disgust feeling chilling your spine.

3. Physiological Reactions

Physiological reactions such as dizziness, shortness of breath, sweating, body shakes, racing heartbeat, vomiting, headaches and nausea.

Triggers of Trypophobia:

Images or objects which are even harmless filled of pores and holes in definite patterns. Some of them are:

  • Sponges
  • Honeycombs
  • Skin pores
  • Strawberries.
  • Soap bubbles.

Others respond only to more striking or unusual images, such as:

  • Coral reefs
  • Lotus seed pores.
  • Photoshopped pictures, such as rows of holes or teeth embedded on an arm, shoulder or face.

Diagnosis of Trypophobia:

So you feel disgust just by looking at the showerheads or a honeycomb or a pattern of any shape of holes or a pattern of blisters on any surface. Your phobia may be on mild aversion or on extreme. There is not a defined way to diagnose the condition, you can google yourself by seeing the images and then deciding yourself on what level you are.

Can Trypophobia be cured?

Phobias are another fear, a hidden one though. A person defeats and conquer his own fears by facing the same.

There are no diagnostic tests to diagnose trypophobia. You can check this phobia only by analyzing your reaction on such pictures with lot of holes,pores and blisters. 

Although there is a therapy which can help:

Exposure therapy:

Regular and scheduled exposure to your fears under an experienced doctor or psychologist can help you to tame your phobias. It is most widely accepted desensitizing technique called exposure therapy.

Special note:  Patients of trypophobia can lead a normal life like anybody. However, they cannot withstand anything that has a lot of holes or pores in it. Even seeing such a picture can throw a trypophobic into a panic attack. Whether the hole are in non-living or living objects, a trypophobic will react.  

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