This is probably just a coincidence in the sampling of people that I know, but I know a few Chinese people who have trypophobia, a fear of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps, but I don't know anyone from the UK who does.
Also, I've noticed that Chinese people seem to be more creeped out by snakes and less creeped out by bugs like roaches, unlike people in the UK.
Trypophobia, the more you look at it, the less trypophobic it becomes. I used to hate looking at them and would get upset, but I’ve seen it so many times it’s kind of.....meh....now. (Chinese btw)
Same here. Didn't know it was a thing until my girlfriend kept freaking out whenever she saw that flashing building in Sanlitun in Beijing.
Yeah, I don't think this is specifically a Chinese thing. It is just gross regardless of where you are from.
If you show that picture to anyone for the first time, they'll flip out. That's kind of the point.
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. According to the website Trypophobia.com, "Trypophobia is a weird kind of phobia and it can generally be considered as the fear of shapes. We are talking especially by the shapes created by nature."
I was having a full-blown panic attack…My pulse was racing. I was so nauseous. I thought I would throw up.
In fact, new research published in open-access journal PeerJ shows that self-described trypophobes are actually disgusted by holes, not afraid.
Self-described trypophobes experienced larger pupil-sized changes when faced with the image of holes. They were smaller when looking at images of snakes and spiders. The larger pupil-sized change is more consistent with feelings of disgust than fear.
The new study instead suggests it may be an evolutionary response to infectious diseases.
It's thought that the feeling of disgust plays a role in helping people avoid potentially infectious sources… Scientists investigating trypophobia have discovered that there may be more to this condition than previously suspected, with new evidence suggesting it may be linked to a deeper-rooted anxiety of parasites, such as ticks and infectious disease.
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