Trypophobia- Fear of clusters of shapes or objects of circular type shape

by Lori
(Pittsburgh, PA)

My daughter and I BOTH have a very specific phobia. We actually googled it one time because I was surprised when I learned that she had it too. She was 15 before I realized she had the same one. I never shared mine with her before and she happened to blurt it out one day.

The name of our phobia is Trypophobia- Fear of clusters of shapes or objects of circular type shape, etc...

Her and I both react to certain shapes such as the inside of a cantalope (seeds) ..inside the center of a sunflower, a bees hive, cluster of birds on a wire, sea pods, etc. Those are just a few images. But basically anything with depth, circular and clustered. We both get very uncomfortable (freaked out)and sometimes cant sleep if we think of the images when we close our eyes at night.

It doesnt cause us too much stress because we quickly avoid the object after we first see it.

I always wondered if it was hereditary when I found out she had the exact phobia and that is how I found this website.

Thanks for letting me share my story. I know of no one else with this phobia.

Lori

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