Trypophobia – Clams Emerging to Feed

Wilkins and his co-researcher Geoff Cole published the first study of trypophobia in 2013 with the theory that this strange revulsion could be rooted in biology, that we’ve evolved to fear these formations because when found in nature they are somehow dangerous.

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To identify this effect, the researchers analyzed images found on trypophobia websites and images of holes that don’t trigger trypophobia, looking for differences.

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Then, when one of the self-reported trypophobics they interviewed mentioned a fear of the pattern on a blue-ringed octopus, they had what Cole has called a “bit of a Eureka moment,” during which he realized a potential evolutionary reason for this fear of weirdly clustered holes — an association with a potentially poisonous or dangerous animal.