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At first, maybe you thought to yourself, “I’m not afraid of holes,” and then you saw it: that stomach curdling hole-filled image, and you realized you were. However, don’t let that get you down, it turns out that everyone is afraid of holes on some level.

Tryophobia is what occurs when individuals have a strong, emotional reaction to images of objects that have clusters of holes. While the condition is obviously real, it is not yet considered to be a medical diagnosis. The epidemic first began, of course, on the internet in 2005, and since then, people continue to feel their skin crawl upon seeing the eerie images.

You see, a phobia is a type of anxiety that an individual has on a fundamental level that is triggered by certain images or events. Once triggered, the sufferer is unable to control their reactions of horror, and sheer terror. So what is it exactly that makes this happen?

Well, for tryophobia, IFL Science explains that the brain is unable to correctly receive such a complex mathematical pattern. In turn, people encounter discomfort when seeing such images because it takes more work for the brain to perceive them. 
If you are experiencing a phobia, you might have some of the following.

Symptoms of phobias

  • Dizziness, trembling and increased heart rate
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • A sense of unreality
  • Fear of dying
  • Preoccupation with the fear object

And if you still don’t think that you are tryophobic, try browsing through the images below. If you can make it through without shuddering, you are a warrior.