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03 January 2014 @ 04:13 pm
Phobias and such  
[trypophobia - consider skipping if you have this fear badly enough that even talking about it distresses you]

I don't seem to have trypophobia (fear of things with holes in them, like lotus seed pods), but I do seem to be moderately disturbed by things that look like blisters or, even worse, clusters of blisters. On Facebook, I keep seeing an ad for losing weight like Christina Aguilera by eating some miracle fruit, and it grosses me out every time. On the other hand, pomegranates and papayas don't bother me at all.

Article about trypophobia; no images as of 20140103.

 
 
 
Ayeshabrowngirl on January 3rd, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, not least since I do have mild trypophobia.

Would it help to know what that supposedly miracle fruit is? (I happen to know).
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on January 3rd, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
I would be delighted to know. I didn't want to click on the link from FB because I don't want more ads of that type.
Ayeshabrowngirl on January 3rd, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
It's n Australian Finger Lime. You know how citrus fruits have vesicles inside their flesh, filled with juice? These limes have round vesicles that aren't connected tightly, hence the appearance. They're just another fruit, but the way they are presented in those ads is definitely unnerving!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on January 4th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
Huh. So I did an image search on Australian Finger Lime, and some of the pictures are still kind of ooky to me, but *nothing* like the one in the ads. Thanks for the info!
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Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on January 4th, 2014 10:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for explaining.
Ayeshabrowngirl on January 5th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
*blush* You're both very welcome!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on January 6th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
Actually, would it bother you if I asked some questions about the subject?
Ayeshabrowngirl on January 6th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
Not at all! I'll answer what I can.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on January 6th, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Do things with just one large hole (e.g., bagels, doughnuts, potholes) distress you? Or is it more clusters of holes?

What about inorganic things like sieves and colanders?
Ayeshabrowngirl on January 6th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Multiple "torn-looking" holes distress me. Multiple holes that shouldn't be there, especially in living things. The first time I remember feeling this fear I was a kid watching a nature show. An Elephant seal had been injured in a clash, and its close-set wounds horrified me.

Amusingly, though, the most recent time this hit me was watching a music box being built, and seeing the ragged undersides of the holes punched in the disc. So it's not always living things.

*shudders*
*laughs at myself*
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on January 6th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
*nods* The article I linked to mentioned other inorganic things like holes eroded into rock.

I think for me it's what catsittingstill said -- things that look like they should be inside and hidden by skin.



Edited at 2014-01-07 02:53 am (UTC)
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on January 4th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)

Forgive me, but I find learning about all these phobias fascinating.

I'm not aware of having any, myself, but things are good to know so I don't weird out others!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on January 4th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
Nothing to forgive; I think psychology is cool too. :-)
Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on January 4th, 2014 10:47 am (UTC)
I think I know the fruit picture you're thinking of and I find it kind of disturbing too. Not really badly... but it reminds me uncomfortably of stuff that should be hidden by one's skin.

I was not the slightest bit tempted to click on it. I kind of wonder what the person who constructed the ad was thinking, but maybe it just didn't have those associations for them.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on January 4th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
"stuff that should be hidden by one's skin" -- yes, exactly!