If You Suffer From Trypophobia (Fear of a Cluster of Small Holes), You’re Not Alone
First of all, I apologize for the photo used in this article but wanted to find something that wasn't as bad as using that creepy lotus pod photo many have just shared willy-nilly. That thing is creepy!
I was falling down the Reddit rabbit hole the other night when I was reading about oddly specific fears that people have. Everything from dentists to running near a chain-link fence (in fear of falling into it) to electricity in general. One answer that came up a few times which caught my attention was a fear of groups of small holes squished together. A few others chimed in saying they had the same issue with them but didn't know it was a 'thing'. As it turns out, Tryphophobia is very real and you may know someone that suffers from it.
Trypophobia can be any group of small holes or even circles or bumps ranging from lotus pods to honeycomb to what a fly's eye looks like magnified and a lot more. It causes a sense of unease and nausea to the victim. A sense of helplessness and fear as Maria described in an article from everydayhealth.com.
I don't quite suffer from this personally speaking, but I do get a quick feeling of what they may be experiencing when I see something like this for myself. My brain can't quite process what I'm looking at because my eyes keep shifting and trying to focus on each individual hole or divot. It's more annoying than anything.
But, be aware that if you suffer from this, you're not alone. It seems to be more common than you'd expect.