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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.

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?
browngirl 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?
browngirl 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.

*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)