If Images With Holes In Them Make You Feel Uncomfortable Scientists Now Know Why

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If you hate looking at clusters of holes – you’re definitely not alone.

But if you think you have a phobia, think again.

Trypophobia, which is a condition many people believe is a “fear of holes” isn’t actually a fear at all, scientists now believe.

Publishing their findings in the journal PeerJ, researchers now say it’s actually an instinctive reaction of disgust. 

The team believe the reaction they observed in their subjects is linked to visual clues for rotten or moldy food, or infected skin.

Trypophobia isn't recognised in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but became popular after images of object with holes in them went viral.

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