Ultimate Trypophobia Test

Where Can I take a trypophobia test? Trypophobia is the fear of holes and of Recent.I have been receiving Regular mails from PHOBIAFOR readers,asking me how they can take the fear of holes test and after given it a sound thought , I think it will  be nice to include  the test on this blog so that everyone can really ascertain if they are trypophobic  or not. It is one of the most common fear in the world
Let me make it clear that the fear of holes, Trypophobia is still new in the  phobia dictionary and a little is still known about it, the test here is clearly designed by me, the grades is also designed by me. For those who don’t know what trypophobia is , Trypophobia is the unnecessary fear of holes Such a hole might be the hole in holes in meat, clusters/pores on the skin, on vegetables or fruits or even those in sponges, wood, honeycombs  and the  black hole .
The only way by which you can know if you a trypophobic  or not is to take a trypo-phobia test also known as the fear of holes test , the test involves exposing you to various object with holes of several numbers and of different magnitudes and then grading yourself based on your reaction to those hole clusters.
bit of sincerity is needed in taking this  test.


Trypophobia test
Trypophobia Image

Guidelines For Taking Molak’s The Test .

 1.For each trypophobic picture that is displayed below, a certain grade between 3-5 is
assigned to each picture
2. You are to check each of the pictures for at least 5 seconds,
3. If you feel frightened seeing any of the picture, then you might be trypophobic 
4. For every trypophobic picture that frightens you, you record the exact score written along with the picture, if you are not frightened at all, give yourself a zero for that certain Picture.
After going through all the pictures collate your scores together and check our score
list to ascertain if you are really trypophobic or not.
SOME OF THE PICTURES in the TRYPOPHOBIA Test might be Extremely Scary to Some Users,
kindly stop the test if you think you can’t continue it an longer.CLICK HERE TO START YOUR TRYPOPHOBIA TEST

   Fear of Hole Test Result Table

Score Explanation
20-25 Extremely Trypophobic
15-12 Trypophobic
10-8 Somewhat Trypophobic
8-5 Slight Fear
<5 Fearless


Thanks for taking your time to go through the trypophobia test, Will you mind sharing your test score with me? Kindly do so using the Comment Form Below, this will enable us to Accurately ascertain the percentage of People that Are actually trypophobic.

Trypophobia Symptoms

Lately, I have been receiving mails from people asking me what symptoms to watch out in someone who has trypophobia, even though I have a post dedicated to the Fear of Holes aside this particular, I decided to answer their question here for easy seeing. So listed below are some of the symptoms to watch out for while taking the trypophobia test, if you exhibit one or more  of the symptopms listed below, then you are trypopobic, such symptoms include :
  1. Rapid heart rate
  2. Dizziness
  3. Hot or cold flashes
  4. Feeling of going  crazy and losing control
  5. Chest pain
  6. Feeling of choking
  7. Inability to distinguish between reality and unreality
  8. Trembling sweating
  9. Thoughts of death
  10. Nausea or other gastrointestinal distress
You can go here to read more about Trypophobia and How To Cure it.





Fear of Failure Phobia-Atychiphobia

Fear of failure (atychiphobia) has two related context which is fear and failure.  Fear is a strong, intense, uncontrollable and unpleasant emotion due to an actual or perceived or imminent danger which can be induced by someone or something.

An irrational sense of fear is known as phobia which causes traumatic events thereby affecting the physical and mental well being of an individual or animal.

Failure has different definitions because we all have different objectives, cultures and norms.  Failure is a condition or state of not being capable of achieving success. It is the inability of performing a desired or required function.

The derogatory term “loser” is usually used to describe someone who does not have the ability to carry out a specific or required function or objective successively.

Atychiphobia is the irrational and intense fear of not achieving success which deprives people from reaching their full potential in lives. Atychiphobia is one of the strongest factors holding people back which makes them give up on their dream.

Fear of failure is like any other kind of fear, it’s a feeling produced by your subconscious mind preventing you from obstacles.


Fear of failure occurs especially in people which are not capable of tolerating emotions connected with failure. These emotions could be shame, disappointment, regret or any kind of failure.

Failure is not a permanent change in direction; it only helps to set paths straight for the next success.

Everyone despises failure because it tends to sabotage or weaken an individual’s life either by committing suicide, telling great lies, faking illness which might lead to joblessness, separation of homes, lowering of rank or status and negative comments from people.

Everybody has an atom of fear of failure but might not want to admit it to themselves. Fear of failure can be one or a combination of fear of poverty, loss of money, ridicule or disappointment, loss of love, job insecurity and loss of respect or confidence.

Fear of failure might be a good thing, the feeling a person gets when he has failed can bring about the key that will change the person’s life. Failure is the painful feeling someone needs to make the right strategic decisions, it’s an opportunity to review what you’re doing right or wrong and how you can alter your life for the best. And also just because failure might be a good thing doesn’t mean you should do everything you can to fail. If you start something with a negative mindset of failure then it will happen meaning half of your effort is given because you expect failure.

When a person fails he or she is getting details or the reason his or her goals were not being accomplished. For example, asking for a feedback after a failed project which is a useful tool in learning and growing from mistakes.

Some great people found success despite having failures such as;

  • K Rowling: She was famously rejected by great twelve publishers before Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone was accepted.
  • Walt Disney: He was fired from a newspaper for lacking imaginations and having no original ideas and he was also turned down three hundred and two times before he got finances for creating Disney land.
  • Albert Einstein: He didn’t speak until he was four and didn’t read till he was seven, his teachers said he would never amount to something yet he won a nobel prize and became the face of modern physics.
  • Vincent Van Gogh: He only sold one painting in his lifetime to a friend. He still kept painting despite that and finished more than eight hundred pieces. His most expensive painting today is worth $142.7 million dollars.
  • Oprah Winferey: She was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she wasn’t fit for television.

By studying the history of successful, you’ll find one rejection or the other but instead of allowing the rejection to affect them they took action and believed in their visions when faced with an obstacle.

Symptoms of Atychiphobia

Low self regard or confidence commonly used by negative statements such as “I’ll never be good enough for that position” or “I’m not clever enough to be on that team”.

Self damage or destruction such as procrastination and excessive concern.

Unwillingness or hesitancy to try new and difficult things.

Perfectionism (a dislike for anything less than perfection).

Physical symptoms such as anger, frustration, heart racing, guilt, confusion, shame and severe           headache which prevents attainment of planned objectives.

Inability to pursue future goals and objectives.


Loss of interest in work.

– Being shy

Worrying about disappointments

Causes of Atychiphobia

All fears are learned, no one is born with fear therefore fears can be unlearned by observing self discipline serially until the fear disappears.

Causes of failure varies from one individual to another, failure is a good thing and should not be feared rather it should be welcomed.

It is a myth that makes you understand failing is a bad thing instead an individual should understand that everyone fails and the more you fail, the more you keep succeeding.

Here are some causes of atychiphobia:

  • Past traumatic or disappointing events
  • Disciplined parents, guardians or bosses.
  • Fear of getting it right the first time or making mistakes: some people fear making errors inducing them quit trying which prevents them from making mistakes in front of others.
  • Rejection: being casted away can also bring about fear of failure
  • Criticism: fear of what others might say or do to us.

Overcoming fear of failure- Atychiphobia

It hurts when you know you’ve tried your best and it wasn’t good enough therefore failing is an opportunity to start all over more intelligently.

You can overcome the fear of failure by the following ways:

  • Trying again: your dream doesn’t have an expiry date so keep trying
  • Have a positive mind and surround yourself with positive minded people who are going to lift you up when down: when you approach challenging situations with a positive mind you’ll be ready to face and overcome failure and impediment. You’ll only see defeats as part of the temporary hindrances to achieve success.
  • Creating a vision board: visions are imaginary ideal goals toward which someone aspires. So to overcome the fear of failure you have to have visions.
  • Having faith in yourself and stop comparing yourself with others or worrying about what others are doing: if you don’t believe in yourself no one else would believe in you which is one of the easiest ways of overcoming the fear of failure whereas believing in yourself would not bring a sense of rejection even when others reject you, you are not rejecting yourself. When you believe in yourself and your talents you would not be scared of innovation.
  • Making smart goals, acknowledging your positive qualities and rewarding yourself: when you have to have goals and missions you’ll be willing to do anything to achieve it whereas nobody will be able to distract you from your goals.
  • Walk with a mentor: by submitting yourself under the leadership of a mentor, you’ll be guided on how to overcome the fear of failure. A mentor is a trusted teacher or counselor who has achieved what you intend achieving so they’re quite familiar with what you’re likely to face.
  • Being patient, working hard and being consistent: Rome wasn’t built in a day so you have to keep working hard to turn your weaknesses to strength and threats to opportunities. Learn how to fail and learn how to rise above it.
  • Refuse to give up, say no to negative mindsets: when you believe in facing rejections and failing in your set goals you create a sense of motivation for yourself amongst failures and rejections.
  • Having strong self-esteem and confidence.
  • Embracing change by welcoming new challenges: when you aren’t familiar with something it’s easy to conclude that it is more challenging and difficult than it really is. When you challenge yourself and constantly innovate the fear of failure fades away gradually replacing itself with a sense of confidence.
  • Find a way to relax and explore like travelling or swimming as this will reduce the chances of falling into depression.

Our brain wants to shield us from something new, it doesn’t like surprises therefore preventing us from taking chances to be successful or achieving our dreams.

When we fail we assume  that everyone would know or the worst would happen but in the real sense nobody has the time to keep record of our failures, only a few might get to know and it will very soon be forgotten, everyone has his or her problem to worry about.

The only person we have to face every day is ourselves.

So look in the mirror, ask yourself if you gave your best shot or rather fail and live with regret knowing you never really tried anything at all.

Top 10 Most Common Phobia Of All Time

A phobia is an exclusive sense of fear from a strong, uncontrollable and zany feeling. It brings about nervousness, restlessness and concern about a particular situation or event that is to occur or likely to occur.

Phobias are anxiety malfunctions whereby the malfunctions might not be experienced until when in contact with the source of the phobia.

Having thoughts about the source of a phobia can bring about anxiety and overpowering fright.

Most phobias occur for unexplained reasons while some are hereditary.

Symptoms of phobia may include; sweating, migraine, palpitations, shock, nausea, instability and dizziness.

Starting from the most feared to the least, here are the ten most common phobias around the world;


1. Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia is one of the oldest and the most common phobia, gotten from the word “aracspiderhnids” and “phobia”. It means the intense and irrational fear of joint legged invertebrate animals such as scorpions, spiders, ticks, mites etc. For example the presence of poisonous spiders will make the fear of spiders easy.
Although, many arachnids are not dangerous but someone with arachnophobia may still feel uncomfortable around one. Sometimes, a resemblance of a spider by an object can create panic in such individual.

2. Ophidiophobia

The word comes from “phobia” and the Greek word “ophis”(serpent).  Ophidiophobia means the excessive fear of snakes,it is the second most common phobia.   fearofsnakes

Someone with Ophidiophobia may find it difficult to visit where snakes are kept such as the zoo and where snake populations are high. Thoughts and anticipation of a snake by a person suffering from Ophidiophobia brings about intense fear and shock in such person.


The word comes from “phobia” and the Greek word “acron”. Acrophobia means the excessive fear of falling and getting injured from great heights, people without acrophobia are said to have a head for heights which is advantageous in hiking and climbing mountains.  fear-of-heights

One of the major causes of acrophobia is having negative thoughts about falling.

People suffering from acrophobia experiences shock in high places, make loud noises and become too eager to get to safety.

    4.   Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is from the word “phobia”and the Greek word “agora” .Agoraphobia magoraphobiaeans the fear of wide, open places and activities such as the market. It is an anxiety malfunction involving situations where nervousness or uneasiness occur when a person perceives an environment not to be safe without an easy way to get away that is the person feels trapped and helpless.

Agoraphobia involves the fear of crowds or being outside alone where an escape may be difficult.

5.  Cynophobia

Cynophobia is from the word “phobia” and the Greek word “kyon”. Cynophobia is the irrational fear of dogs and it is said to usually begin in early childhood.fear-of-dogs

When someone suffering from cynophobia comes in contact with dogs, thinks about or when presented with images whether still or filmed images of dogs an immediate anxiety response is said to occur.

People suffering from cynophobia may exhibit total avoidance behavior such as staying away from areas where dogs might be or avoiding homes of people who own dogs.


6.  Astraphobia

Astraphobia is from the Greek word “astrape” and “phobia” meaning the intense fear of thunder and lightning. It is also known as tonitrophobia, brontophobia or nicaduranaphobia.

Astraphobia is an excessive fear of thunderstorms which causes people sufferinfear-of-lighteningg from it to afraid and restless therefore staying indoors, hiding under the blanket or bed,closet or the basement, having frequent urination and palpitations.

The major cause of astraphobia in people is a serious injury related to thunder and lightning which might have even happened to a loved one.

Astraphobia can be treated with a series of therapies and drugs.

7. Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia is the excessive and irrational fear of enclosed, small or tight places such as crowded elevators and restricted places.claustrophobia

Claustrophobia is an anxiety malfunction that comes with fear of suffocation and fear of restriction. Fear of suffocation occurs when claustrophobics (people suffering from claustrophobia) think that there may be insufficient air when in enclosed or tight places while fear of restriction is the fear of being limited to a single place.

Claustrophobics can experience nausea, instability, palpitations or intense sweating when confined to an area.

8. Mysophobia

Mysophobia is from the Greek word “myso” and “phobia” meaning the excessive fear of dirt and germs or other microorganisms such as bacteria that can cause diseases. Mysophobia is also called verminophobia, bacillophobia, bacteriophobia and germaphobia.mysophobia-fear of germs

People with the fear of germs and dirt believe exposure to dirt and germs is harmful and life-threatening therefore they tend to avoid contact with people especially those who are not hygienic, wash their hands repeatedly when they believe they are impure, not sharing personal belongings, utensils and even food.


9. Aerophobia

Travelling by air is the fastest and safest means of transportation and it causes fear in some people. The excessive or irrational fear of travelling by air is called Aerophobia, Aviophobia or Aviatophobia which comes from the Greek word “aero” and “phobia”.

Aerophobia occurs when a person thinks of flying or is about to fly whether in helicopters, planes or other flying vehicles and it brings about panic, trembling, increased heartbeat, shock, dry mouth and sweating.fear-of-flying

Aerophobia can stand on its own or be a combination of one or more phobias such as acrophobia (fear of heights) or claustrophobia (fear of being confined to an area).

Aerophobia can be caused by the fear of having a crash which is likely to be fatal, the feeling of not being in control or the fear of being hijacked or subjected under terrorism which can be reduced by creating means of awareness of safety to individuals suffering from aerophobia.

 10.  Trypophobia

Trypophobia is an excessive or irrational fear of clustered holes or bumps especially tiny holes. It brings about sudden heart racing, severe headaches, chest pain, thoughts of death or dizziness.  fearofclustredholes

The objects causing trypophobia may include holes in living organisms, honeycombs, holes created by worms and ants or natural occurring geographical holes.



Fear of Snakes Phobia – Ophidiophobia

The fear of snakes is called Ophidiophobia and it is a situation whereby one is afraid or scared of snakes whether death or alive.When intense, this fear might lead to heart attack thereby resulting into death.  The fear of snake is the second largest Phobia in the world, it is estimated that for every three adult, at least one of them is scared of snake. So being afraid of snake is not peculiar to you alone, several other people are afraid of snakes.


Ophidiophobia Definition

Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia is a particular type of specific phobia, the abnormal fear of snakes. Fear of snakes is sometimes called by a more general term, herpetophobia, fear of reptiles and/or amphibians. The word comes from the Greek words “ophis” (ὄφις) which refers to snake and “phobia” (φοβία) meaning fear. It is one of the most common phobia

 Causes of The Fear of Snakes

Being the second most common phobia, after the fear of spiders, scientist have worked assiduously to ascertain the real cause of the fear of Snakes or snake Phobia, they find out that the fear of snakes is not something new, but as been in existence since the stone age when our ancestors live in Bushes. As you might have known, snakes are wild animals too and they are commonly found in the Bush, since some snakes are deadly and poisonous so this fear as really assisted man to survive up till this age and the phobia for
snake as always been transferred from One generation to another up to the Present moment.

Apart from the hereditary associated with the fear of snakes, some people are also scared of snakes due to the trauma they once had
with a snake or that they witness. But what most people don’t know is that not all snakes are dangerous, some are harmless to humans.
The fear of snakes Phobia- Ophidiophobia is part of Zoophobia which is a term for the fear of animals.

Symptoms of Ophidiophobia-The Fear of Snakes

There are several symptoms associated with the fear of snakes- Ophidiophobia, but the most common of them is Anxiety.  One who is afraid of snakes suffer from uncontrollable anxiety when they see or hear of snakes. They might also scream, Run or Faint when they see snakes.
Apart from that, people who are afraid of snakes tend to experience a Rush of Adrenaline in their blood stream; these of Course might lead to sudden increase in Heart Beat which is dangerous to one’s health.

Cure For The Fear of Snakes

Since the fear of snakes is mostly hereditary, getting rid of the fear of snakes might be hard but it is possible, listed below are some
of the ways in which one can overcome the fear of snakes.
Resensitization: The is the most effective treatment for Ophidiophobia-the fear of snakes, here, an Ophidiophobic is gradually introduced  to several images of Snakes over a certain period of time, as time go on, they become familiar with snakes and might even be made to touch or hold Snakes.
CBT or cognitive behavior therapy- Cognitive behavior or restructuring helps the individual identify his/her thought patterns that lie
behind the fear of snakes. The patient is made to write down thoughts as to why one fears snakes. These include thoughts like: “snakes are slimy”, “they are dangerous and have the ability to kill humans” and so on.  Writing down these thoughts can help the ophidiophobic identify patterns leading to fear, anxiety and stress. The patients also learn to replace their negative associations with positive beliefs. This, in turn, can help decrease the fear of snakes.

Thalassophobia: Fear of the Ocean Phobia

Thalassophobia is real. The fear of large mass of waters is real. For a concise definition of thalassophobia, the term is the fear of oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and other large water bodies that people dread. This fear has nothing to do with sex, age or whatever. Thalassophobia is a Greek word. Thalassa meaning oceans and phobos being the fear of.  A phobia is slightly different from fear, being that the former is an intense, unwarranted fear.

If thalassophobia is to be approached from the angle of it being a term, then the above definition is apt. But when thalassophobia is being approached from the angle of its effect on people then, perhaps, we can add that thalassophobia is the fear of the ocean and its associated and often exhibited natural features. It is one of the most common phobia

Thalassophobia Greek: thalassa, “sea” and φόβος, phobos, “fear”) is an intense and persistent fear of the sea. Thalassophobia is a clinical phobia generally classified under specific phobias, fear of a single specific panic trigger. Symptoms for thalassophobia are the same as for most specific phobias.

Is there anytime you find yourself struggling with thoughts like: “so many weird things live in the ocean. I can’t even see the bottom. Jellyfish seem inappropriate. Things can brush up against my leg. Remember sharks. Oh, the ocean is deep. Starfish. WaveThalassophobia. fear of oceans.” Yeah. Yeah. Those thoughts. Or what is usually your reaction whenever Titanic is being discussed?


Symptoms of Thalassophobia

Symptoms of thalassophobia were not supposed to be threatening or disturbing because it could sometimes only involve gastrointestinal distress. As well, and at other times, weeping and running away. This one can be a debilitating symptom by the way, especially if it’s interfering with social activities. Nonetheless, below are some few symptoms of thalassophobia.

  • Extreme Anxiety and/or Panic: for some, it is not really the fear of the ocean but the fear that the bottom is not going to hold a boat. Or that the bottom cannot be seen or touched. Or for the vastness of the ocean. Just thinking about or looking at the bottom of the ocean could make one tremble. It often makes things look like one is going to get trapped or encounter some sea creatures.
  • Nausea: just imagine it, as everybody was at the beach, then all of a sudden a shark emerged and people had to quickly vacate the water… Or in the worst case, there was a shark attack. Now, this is only some scenes you want to see in fantasy, trust me. In reality, you could almost throw up.

If your own fear of the ocean is in any way associated with its dark waters, then somehow you got off the boat and the water reaches for your chest… how does it feel like?

  • Irregular heartbeat: some dreams can be terrifying. Worst still if they are dreams involving oceans. You will wake up panting like you’ve been racing with Usain Bolt. Something like this: in that dream, you were having a shower. Soon the bathtub disappeared and you’re there helpless in the ocean. Or during those times you find yourself wind up in some underwater that seems like you can never escape. Although you were not hurt by any of these dreams (and, in fact, it is the case with most experiences of thalassophobia, whether in dream or reality), but you will agree with me you didn’t wake up from any of those dreams smiling. Instead, you woke up with a very troubled mind.
  • Sweating/excessive sweating: the above analogy of dreams is very well apt. You see, you sweat when you are at unease. You sweat when you’re being terrified by something. Even so, you will excessively sweat if you’re thalassophobia and you just snapped out of a bad dream, say one where you were all alone in a dark tank with some whales.
  • Dry mouth and shaking: the effect of the sight of the vastness of the ocean on thallophobias could sometimes be of sweaty hands. Breathing gets heavy that saliva failed out. It often feels like control is being lost and even at some point sentences motioned apart; they become inarticulate.

Causes of Thalassophobia

  • Triggering events: the fear of large waves, of vast emptiness, of encountering whales, sharks, or eels, are few identified mysteries that stem off some anxiety disorders which has been associated with people suffering from thalassophobia. In the news, we get to read about sea creatures attacking swimmers. Also, there have been reports of squids and other large sea animals getting washed up the shore. For a fact, all these sightings have their way of increasing and/or exacerbating the phobia. And do you remember Titanic? The movie version is realistically terrifying. People who are often disturbed by horror or the sight of violent death could start showing symptoms of thalassophobia.
  • Negative/traumatic events and Parents careless inputs: one beach experience gone wrong can hunt for long. It’s only left to the individual involved to free his/herself from the emotional and mental bondage.  Parents at times are not observing of their environment. They just talk regardless they have someone suffering from thallossophobia around.
  • Genetic disorder or diseases: this one is very rare, though. It is associated with hormonal imbalances.

Treatment for Thallossophobia

  • Hypnotherapy: just some therapy that involves a specialist — very well a psychologist — who tries to offer suggestions to the mind in order to achieve behavioral changes. This is done in repeated sessions. Hypnotherapy is an approved method of therapy. It is safe and works, too.
  • Neuron-linguistic programming: the idea behind this one is that for the fact that words used are often an inner reflection of the subconscious perception of problems, a neuron-linguistic therapist seeks to analyze every single word used in describing the symptoms. While examining facial expressions and movements, too, a therapist helps to remodel thoughts and mental association.

Books: really there are books for people with thallophobia. It isn’t like they work instantly; they at least kick start the process and it is a good one if you ask me. Books include;

  • Anxiety and Phobia workbook by Edmund Bourne
  • Anxiety Disorder and Phobia: A cognitive perspective by Aaron Beck and Gary Emery
  • Feeling good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
  • When Panic Attacks: The New Drug-free anxiety therapy that can change your life by David D. Burns
  • Mastery of your Anxiety and Panic Workbook (Treatments that work) by David H. Barlow and Michelle G. Graske

Conclusion on Thalassophobia

It should, however, be understood that rarely can death result from this phobia. It is therefore expected that thallophobia is managed appropriately.

Fear of Holes Phobia – Trypophobia

Trypophobia or the fear of holes phobia can be defined as the pathological and irrational fear of  holes and clusters, trypophobic person suffers from anxiety when they see or hear of clustered holes. Such a hole might be the hole in holes in meat, clusters/pores on the skin, on vegetables or fruits or even those in sponges, wood, honeycombs  and the black hole etc.
This post is dedicated to all those who have phobia of holes  or Trypophobic as some might call It and
I was opportuned to know about this phobia while I was having a discussion with a good friend of mine on why some people have fear of soaps due to the harsh chemicals used in producing them and that was when he told  he has the  the fear of  holes. This friend of mine is huge with 6 packs and yet he his scared of holes , so to everyone out with phobia of holes, you are not alone. Trypophobia is one of the most common fears
Trypophobia is a proposed name for the phobia (intense, irrational fear) of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The term is believed to have been coined by a participant in an online forum in 2005.

It is estimated that about 15% of the total world population have the fear of holes, but unfortunately, scientist are still yet to ascertain the main reason why people are afraid of clustered and asymmetrical  holes.

The world trypophobia which is used to describe those who are phobia of holes was recently introduced into the phobia list in 2005. So at the moment, various research are still going on in various countries to uncover what the fear of holes  is all about and how to effectively cure it.
But this post will do a bit of justice in reflecting some of the recent discovery about Trypophobia.

Causes of Trypophobia-The Fear Of Holes

The fear of holes is general not known to the psychological society and most scientist believe that believed that trypophobia is actually not a phobia that arise from anxiety but from disgust thereby making it easier to overcome when compared with other type of phobias.
  It is believe that the brain of one who is trypophobic tries to associate clustered holes with some kind of danger thereby resulting into a kind of fight or flight response, this in most cases, might be as result of the past trauma such a person might have gone through in the past. It is also believed that a person who once suffers from Skin rash or even chicken pox might have the phobia of clustered holes due to the fact that it brings back the ugly memory of their trauma.
Trypophobia might also be triggered in people who once had a bee sting or knew anyone who once suffer in the hand of bees, bee hives which in most cases is full of several irregular holes might be a triggering agent

Symptoms of the Fear of Holes

Most people that have the phobia of little and clustered holes might experience one or more of the following when they See or hear of holes, be it holes on the skin:

  • 1.
    Rapid heart rate
  • 2.
  • 3.
    Hot or cold flashes
  • 4.
    Feeling of going  crazy and losing control
  • 5.
    Chest pain
  • 6.
    Feeling of choking
  • 7.
    Inability to distinguish between reality and unreality
  • 8.
    Trembling sweating
  • 9.
    Thoughts of death
  • 10.
    Nausea or other gastrointestinal distress

Cure for the fear of Holes

Facing your fears is the best way to treat fear of holes phobia, just like other types of phobia the most effective treatment for trypophobia is Cognitive Behavioural therapy, here, a trypophobic person is exposed gradually to several clustered holes, this will help in distinguishing between reality and mere imagination


Like I said earlier, a little is know about the phobia of Holes but mere seeing the images of Holes can trigger trypophobia in certain people, the only way to know if one is trypophobic is by taking a trypophobia Test, I recently added this test to my blog for those who really wanna ascertain if they have the phobia of holes or not. The test is packed with several images that is capable of triggering Trypophobia in those who have it, a standard grade is also included in all the images, all you need do is to go through the images, add your grades together  and you will be able to really ascertain if you have the phobia of holes or not. If you really want to take our fear of Holes test, Click Here

Common Questions On Trypophobia

Being a new type of phobia, I have been receiving lots of Questions about Trypophobia and I think it will be nice to answer some of those Questions Here.So below are some of the Questions I have received so far and my answers to them.

Is TRYPOPHOBIA a disease? Question 1

Answer: Trypophobia is the unnecessary fear of holes and not a disease itself but Perhaps holes, particularly in organic objects, subconsciously remind us of the symptoms of contagious illnesses that affect the skin, such as the rash or blisters associated with measles and chicken pox, respectively. All of this, of course, is speculation, and just goes to show how little we know about trypophobia. Trypophobia Skin Disease Explains more on that


Trypophobia is the alleged pathological fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes, such as beehives, ant hills and lotus seed heads. Trypophobia is a proposed name for the phobia (intense, irrational fear) of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The term is believed to have been coined by a participant in an online forum in 2005.

How do you get TRYPOPHOBIA?

Trypophobia is not a disease and as such cant be gotten through insect bites or contact with people with trypophobia, it is the fear of holes and it as nothing to do with your immune system but rather with a section of the brain which associates trypophobia images with danger and as such an exposure to such images with make  a trypopbe or a trypophobic person experience a surge in heart beat, increase in sweating and other symtopms associated with Phobia.A growing number of people are reporting a fear of holes. The reaction is so severe that even seeing photos of holes can set off a panic attack. The condition is called trypophobia.

Is Trypophobia Contagious

Trypophobia is not a disease and as such it is not contagious. Just as I have said earlier, trypophobia as to do with the way the brain is wired and as such cant be influenced by mere contact with someone who is trypophobic

In conclusion,the fear of holes phobia is still very new to the science and several experiments
are still ongoing  to ascertain  it causes and thus it treatment, so If you are trypophobic you can assist us by telling using the comment form below what you think might be the cause of trypohobia and how you feel when you see holes


Androphobia: The Fear of Men Phobia

The fear of men is known has androphobia and the fear name itself was derived from two Greek words Andras meaning men and Phobos meaning fear. It can be defined as the psychological and irrational fear of men. Androphobia is a phobia that affects both males and females but it is mostly common in younger females. So if you have the fear of men or you know anyone who is androphobic, kindly grab a cup of coffee and read along.It is one of the most common phobia

Androphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of men (Greek: Andras-man and phobos-fear). Like with all fears, the fear of men is also ingrained or pre-programmed as an ‘instinctual response to potential danger’. Such a phobia can afflict men and women, but is typically seen in younger females

Causes of Androphobia

androphobiaAndrophobia can be caused by various reasons but the most common reason why people mostly young females are afraid of men is due to emotional trauma. This trauma might be as a result of sexual or physical abuse that they have once experienced or heard of. And as such, when they see or come across Men, they tend to feel uneasy for fear of being harmed again. Like with many other phobias, the fear of men phobia might continue into adulthood. The sufferers typically refuse to be left alone with a man, despite his being a close friend or relative. They might have nightmares about men. This can greatly affect the quality of life, especially if they refuse to step outside, fearing an encounter with man. The brain of the phobic, mainly its parts like amygdala and hypothalamus “learn” to re-create the same fear response as that at the time of the event. These areas are also responsible for the physical responses to fear.

TV shows, movies, news reports of rape, kidnapping, or murder etc can also lead to fear of men phobia. The phobic may be depressed owing to the fear. S/he might have trouble sleeping and eating due to the phobia. Most stutter or stammer when talking to men. Younger individuals might cry, scream or run away when faced with men.

Symptoms of Androphobia

Just like every other type of phobia, one who has the fear of men or is suffering from androphobia might experience any one of these when they come in contact with men:

  • Sweaty Palms: this a common psychological symptoms for most phobia including androphobia,
  • Increase in Heart Bit: the pulse rate of people who are androphobia tend to increase when they come across Men
  • Trembling
  • Anxiety
  • Shortness of Breath


Overcoming Androphobia

They are several ways by which one can overcome androphobia. The most common treatment for androphobia is cognitive behavioral therapy. This involves a gradual but systematic exposure of one who has androphobia to men. The therapy might start with checking out photos of Cool and gentle guys, then gradually to spending some time with guys. The time frame to be spent with guys might be increased gradually. A girl I knew overcame her fear of Men by making sure she talked to at least a man every day. The length of discussion can vary from between 10 seconds and increased upwards every day. If you are androphic, you can start with greeting any cool looking guy you meet on the way, hold yourself back from Screaming or running away when you see them. One popular quotes says what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So start talking to men, you can  also start with your family members and family friends and gradually move to strangers.

Fear of Germs Phobia – Mysophobia

The excessive fear of germs is a common anxiety disorder in America. The medical term for this phobia is mysophobia.  Mysophobia may be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and hypochondria.

Mysophobia is the unnecessary fear of germs. One of the basic symptom of those who are mysophobic is the constant washing of hands anytime they felt they have come in contact with germs, this might tend to affect there day to day activity. They might also become scare of shaking hands with other people, using a public mysophobia-fear of germsbus or toilet, avoid touching doorknobs directly for fear of contain germs from them, or use an excessive amount of soap or hand sanitizer..

Mysophobia, also known as verminophobia, germophobia, germaphobia, bacillophobia and bacteriophobia, is a pathological fear of contamination and germs. The term was coined by Dr. William Alexander Hammond in 1879 when describing a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) exhibited in repeatedly washing one’s hands.It is one of the most common fear

Washing of hands is an act of cleanliness and it’s a good idea, but when it becomes excessive, it can be regarded as a Phobia.

One basic thing everyone should understand, especially those who are mysophobic is that we have both harmless and harmless Germs. The Human Stomach house millions of bacterial which assist in the digestion of foods and even when our body comes in contact with harmful germs, our white blood cell as an Immune system with which those germs can be killed in a s much as our exposure to them is not too much.

Mysophobia can have severe social repercussions. Because the individual is terrified of contamination, she will avoid many social situations for fear of coming into contact with germs or dirt. Also, other individuals may not understand the mysophobe’s condition, and think of her as paranoid or hostile, leading to alienation and isolation.


Symptoms Of Mysophobia

There are several symptoms of mysophobia depending on the Extent of fear the mysophobic person as but generally, here are the basic things you will observe in someone who as mysophobia:

  1. Consistent washing of hands with Hand sanitizers
  2. Refusal to touch any/Shake any Human or Animals for fears of contacting harmful germs from them
  3. Avoidance of any social Gathering
  4. Avoidance of Social Utilities such as public Bathrooms, Public toilets etc

Causes of Mysophobia-Fear of Germs

Several Authors have proposed several causes for the fear of germs phobia, but the three most accepted view are:

  • Heredity: It is believed that a larger percentage of those who have mysophobia inherit it from their Parent and runs in the family tree
  • Mysophobia usually stems from an Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. The sufferer feels the need to wash his/her hands frequently, which is one of the characteristics of OCD. Naturally, in case of Mysophobia, the motivation to frequently wash stems from the fear of microbes unlike that in the OCD where it is more of a matter of following routine. That being said; most patients are known to suffer from both conditions. A thorough medical evaluation is hence necessary to determine if it is Mysophobia or OCD.
  • Traumatic Experience; It is also believed that any one who once suffer a disease or some kind of ailment  which can be attributed to Harmful Microbes is likely to suffer from Mysophobia
  • Media: The Media (Net, Radio and T.v) adverts have also been linked to mysophobia in some people. Certain advertisement and programmes have been linked to the cause of mysophobia in Some Americans

Treatment/Cure for Mysophobia

The most effective and well known treatment for mysophobia and other types of phobia is the Cognitive behavioural therapy which includes but not limited to gradual exposure and desensitization therapies as well as relaxation training.

Cognitive behaviour therapies help the person with a fear of germs change his attitude and thoughts about them. This involves writing down negative and positive thoughts such as “I fear I will die from germs” to “Germs are sometimes healthy and useful to us” and so on. The patients are then asked to decide on beliefs that are healthier and useful to them.

In summary, mysophobia can be defined as the un  necessary fear of germs and it is characterized in persons who washes his/her hand with soap or hand sanitizers un controllably. The major cure for mysophobia is Cognitive Behavioural therapy.




Thanatophobia:The Fear of Death Phobia

The fear of death also known as thantophobia or dying phobia is the irrational fear of dying. Of course, while its absolutely normal to be scared of death or dying since everyone will
die at some point in time, people with this phobia take the fear in a whole different scale especially when they meet themselves in an event pertaining to life and death.It is one of the most common phobia fear in the world

Causes of Thanatophobia

The fear of dying  can arise due to many reasons. The more common causes of thanatophobia include;

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i. Traumatic experience in the past by being involved or witnessing a
life and death situation or perhaps seeing someone die. This by far is
the leading cause of this fear.
ii. The fact that everybody will die at some point in time.
iii. Thanatophobia may also arise because the individual has no clue
as to what will happen after death.
iv. Religious beliefs and the fear of landing in hell.
v. Fear of what will become of the people he leaves behind after dying
especially the family.

Must Read: Fear of Holes Phobia – Trypophobia

Symptoms of Thanatophobia

The Symptoms of the fear of dying vary according to individual and severity of the phobia to the individual. In severe cases, the person might refuse to go outdoors and feel uneasy at the mere thought of death or anything similar.
General symptoms of thanato phobia however include;

The fear of death also known as thanatophobia is the irrational fear of

* vigilance while walking as if they were gonna be attacked from
behind in an excessive manner.
*It may also cause the individual to tremble, sweet
excessively or even start to stammer when exposed to the slightest
dangers such as getting cut by a knife in the kitchen
* continuous uncontrollable thought about death
* mixed emotions towards others
* frequent loss of concentration and desire to flee from current situations
These are but a few symptoms of thanatophobia there are. A few
variations may be made by each individual.

Overcoming the Fear of  Death

Before treating this particular phobia, one must be certain the patient is really suffering from thanato phobia as a depression, bipolar disorders and others often display similar symptoms with this fear.
Thanatophobia finally best accessed and confirmed by the person himself. If his fears are based on extreme thought of death, then yes he’s probably suffering from it.
After confirmation, the doctor might refer the patient to a mental health professional where proper steps be taken to suppress thanatophobia.

Procedures such as cognitive behavioral therapy, self help techniques, talk therapy, hypnotherapy, religious counseling and many more at a few methods used to get rid of this type of fear.
So if after this you think you’re having thanatophobia, fear not,help is around the corner go see a doctor today and stay safe!

Guest Post by: Olayiwola Ibrahim from PhobiaPro. Trypophobia – the Fear of Holes


Trypophobia Skin Diseases-Fear of Holes In Skin

This post, Trypophobia Skin Diseases is for those who would love to know about Trypophobia,its causes, and various Trypophobia skin.

Most People at times misspell the word Trypophobia, some spell it as trypopphobia,tritophobia, tryphobia, or even trypofobia , the correct spelling is Trypophobia, which is gotten from two greek words, TRYP which  means holes and Phobia which means FEAR

 What is Trypophobia

Trypophobia is a proposed name for the phobia (intense, irrational fear) of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The term is believed to have been coined by a participant in an online forum in 2005. It can be can be defined as the pathological and irrational fear of  holes and clusters, trypophobic person suffers from anxiety when they see or hear of clustered holes. Such a hole might be the hole in holes in meat, clusters/pores on the skin, on vegetables or fruits or even those in sponges, wood, honeycombs  and the black hole etc.It is one of the most common phobia

What is Trypophobia Skin Disease

The world Trypophobia is the pathological or unnecessary fear of holes in Skin,beehives  etc. Pls let me make it clear that Trypophobia itself is not a disease, but it is the fear of holes. So If Trpophobia is not a disease, then there is no such thing as Trypophobia Skin Disease but rather there are trypophobic Skin Diseases. That is, the skin diseases that manifest in such a way that one who is afraid of holes will be scared of seeing. An Example of such disease is that which is caused by the same bacteria that causes athletic foot, the image below is that of a man suffering from such skin disease.




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Trypophobia Images


Here is a compilation of some Tryphobia skin images;

The leg of girl Exibiting Fear of Skin in Holes


A disease on a Trypophobia Skin


An Image showing a man with Trypophobia disease