When Tim Cook, CEO, Apple launched the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, in his usual pomp and show, no one expected the word trypophobia to trend. As the slew of new devices were being presented, people noticed the three camera design of the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max, and they got triggered.
Tripophobia: Triggered ✅ pic.twitter.com/Oo9GOYRkAl— Elijah DelaCruz (@VitaminEllegrah) September 10, 2019
the new iphone's triggering my tripophobia :(( pic.twitter.com/7ySc3lG8gP— 아나 카 (@Anxkha0) September 11, 2019
What is Trypophobia?
According to Live Science, trypophobia is an ‘extreme aversion to clustered patterns of irregular holes or bumps.’
So if we looking at images of honeycombs cells, bubbles, corals, lotus seed pods etc makes your skin crawl, you may be among the thousands who suffer from it. Sometimes, just a description of these patterns are enough to trigger the symptoms. These may include, feeling sick, heart racing, or just disgust.
Just to be very clear,
Trypophobia is NOT listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). DSM-5 is the diagnostic guide for mental disorders that most mental health professionals rely on to diagnose you.
Phobia vs Fear
According to studies, phobias affect nearly 10% of all adults in the world but a lot of people people use the term ‘I am afraid of’ in the same breath as ‘I’m phobic to’ - the two aren’t interchangeable.
"Phobias are irrational, debilitating. The difference between fear and phobia is that the anxiety you experience in phobia is so strong that it interferes with the quality of life and/or the ability to function. Often times phobias are linked to a traumatic events in the past, if untreated they can push you in clinical depression. Go see a psychiatrist today if you suffer from these symptoms." - Dr Zirak Marker, Medical Director, Mpower Centre
Warning: The following images can be triggering to those with trypophobia.
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