Post # 1
I don’t know what’s wrong with me. When I look at dried lotus pods, my body itches all over (like, intense uncontrollably itching, especially my scalp), my palms sweat like hell, and my heart races. I feel itchy and light-headed and sick to my stomach. In fact, I’m starting to feel itchy right now just thinking about them.
I get that some people think they are pretty additions to bouquets or centerpieces or whatnot, and I am NOT at all trying to put down anyone who likes them or is including them. I just can’t control this creepy reaction I have to them and I just want to know if anyone else has the same reaction…?
If it matters, I get the same reaction to Surinam toads. And occasionally (to a MUCH lesser extent) live sponges/sea anemones (you know, some of those things you see in fishtanks in restaurants sometimes). :/
Post # 3
OMG I do that too! They make me feel so weird and itchy! I can’t get the image out of my mind sometimes.
Post # 5
YES. Hate them.
It’s called “trypophobia” which is a “ fear of or revulsion from clustered geometric shapes, especially small holes.” It’s not an offically recognized phobia, but it’s a lot more common than you’d think 🙂
Post # 6
Ugh, yes. It’s called trypophobia (fear of clustered holes). So. fcking. gross.
Post # 7
Wow, I didn’t realize how common it was….. OR that it had a name!!
I feel a lot better knowing I’m not alone (or completely insane).
..But I’m still itchy!
Post # 8
I’m a fan of the little holes, but I was going to pipe up about the phobia but I was beaten to it. You’re definitely not alone.
Post # 9
Me too. I don’t tell anyone about it because people tend to want to post gross pictures to trigger a reaction.
fwiw, after I was diagnosed with a severe vitamin D deficiency and severe anemia, and started supplements, the trypophobia wasn’t nearly as bad.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I just want to say that this is the single most interesting thing I’ve ever read on the Bee! Crazy!! I don’t have this reaction, but this is fascinating.
Post # 11
Whoooaaa I didn’t know what lotus pods were but when I saw a picture I felt really anxious and grossed out. I’m ok with other things, so I don’t think I have that fear… like beehives are fine… but those lotus thingies ARE creepy!
Edit: I don’t mind the dried ones, but the fresh ones creep me out. (Like the photo on the wiki page)
Post # 12
I have trypophobia and so do both my sisters and my mom. I used to think it was weird until I learned many others (usually women) have it too! I also have a vomit phobia 🙁
Post # 13
@Bebealways: Weird, the fresh ones don’t give me AS much of a reaction as the dried ones.. Haha.
I’m okay with a lot of the other things I’ve seen listed (now that I’ve started reading more about it). By far the strongest reactions I get are to dried lotus pods, surinam toads, and bot fly warbles (DON’T GOOGLE IT).
The only other really weird thing that gave me a really intense reaction was rocks in dirt. (WAIT, let me explain!). The ground had gotten wet, then froze, then thawed, so every little pebble in the dirt had a gap around it (from where the water froze and expanded). Lots of pebbles, each with a gap around it….. YUCCCKKK.
So for me personally, it seems to just be little holes with things in them. Not so much just empty holes (sometimes, but not nearly as intense).
OH! And barnacles! EW.
Post # 14
@lovelove1028: I’ve seen the bot fly thing and it is DISTURBING
Post # 15
@lovelove1028: Totally on the barnacles. I want to just pull the little suckers out!! Same with the lotus pods. Its peculiar that it’s mostly women. I wonder if there is some sort of evolutionary fixation. Cah-reepy!
Post # 16
This website has a forum for Trypophobia sufferers. [Just going to put a warning out, the front page has pictures of little holes on people on it]