A previously unrecognized phobia of objects filled with holes could be a human survival instinct.
A peculiar new phobia known as trypophobia has emerged following research by British scientists this week. The fear typically involves an irrational aversion to objects that are clustered with small holes such as crumpets or even bubbly chocolate bars.
So, I am trying to relate to the notion that this is a primitive evolutionary response. When we see these holes are we seeing a gaping mouth or mouths ready to take a chunk from our hides? I do like crumpets ... maybe the butter and jam is a way of appeasing those holes.
“Cole believes that the phobia could be a natural survival instinct because objects of this nature share several of the visual characteristics of poisonous animals.”
I needed help following this visual connection of objects full of holes to visual characteristics of poisonous animals. I looked up most poisonous animals and there are a few obvious contenders, I guess, like the patterns on blue ring octopus, poison arrow frogs, puffer fish, maybe spider's eyes? But would these few (limited range) have created an evolutionary phobia to aide survival? How old are these species?
Maybe a few snake skin patterns? I don't know...
Anyone else's thoughts to help clarify what I'm missing here?
"The visitor mentioned that an image of an [blue ring] octopus had triggered intense revulsion."
Was it the animal itself, octopus are quite bizarre looking, or the pattern?
Edited by QuiteContrary, 10 September 2013 - 01:50 AM.
QuiteContrary, on 10 September 2013 - 01:13 AM, said:
Don't you mean English muffin with all those nooks and crannies.
You'd think... but no, I'm craving a sesame seed bagel. Maybe it's because if I slice it open, it has a bunch of holes in it. The English muffin pictured has too much butter. I mean, I love butter but sheesh!
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have a fear of holes in my pocket, especially when I have loose change in them.
Oh, and dog treats. It's not a good experience when your Lab does something awesome and you go to reach into your pocket and find there is a hole and no treats. The look of dog disappointment is awful!
"From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race." -- Jean de la Bruyere 1645-1696.