111 People In This Online Group Are Sharing Their Unexpected Trypophobia Moments

We’ve all got our personal deep-seated fears. It can be extremely embarrassing to admit them, so I’ll go first: I’m irrationally afraid of heights and needles. And even though I can conquer my fears for short stretches of time, they still sneak up on me from time to time, especially when I least expect it. So even though I don’t have trypophobia, I can fully understand what someone suffering from it feels.

Trypophobia is the fear or disgust of closely packed holes, bumps, or patterns. When people with trypophobia see clusters of holes, they might feel queasy and uncomfortable, and can even suffer from panic attacks. Something as seemingly innocent as a strawberry or the head of a lotus seed pod might trigger their phobia. There is an entire subreddit, r/trypophobia, dedicated to “the most common phobia you’ve never heard of,” and we’re showcasing some of their most popular photos.

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Be warned, though, if you do have trypophobia, these pictures might unnerve you. So, just in case, here is the link to our adorable article about tiny animals perching on fingers in case you need a palate cleanser.

Bored Panda reached out to the founder of r/trypophobia and to the UK Addiction Team Group to better understand phobias, their origins, and how we can overcome them. Be sure to read on for both insightful interviews.

#1 “The Beekeeper Forgot To Put The Frame In His Hive, So The Bees Just Freestyled, Building A Structure That Would Best Handle Temperature And Ventilation”

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Nuno Albuquerque, the Head of Treatment at the UK Addiction Treatment Group, was kind enough to go in-depth about phobias with Bored Panda.

“Phobias are among the most common anxiety disorders and are often developed following a negative or traumatic experience or in some cases, from learned or copied behavior from parents or those close to them,” Nuno said in an email interview.

#2 Wild Beehive

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#3 This Woodpecker’s Acorn Stash In A Granary Tree

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“If parents or people of influence have anxiety about dogs, for example, then it is more than likely a child growing up with them will also develop the same irrational reaction around dogs,” Nuno noted that we can ‘inherit’ our social circles’ phobias as we’re growing up.

“Unfortunately genetics and learned behavior can trickle into the development of other behaviors and disorders, such as substance misuse, eating disorders, or unhealthy relationships with food, as well as gaming and gambling,” Nuno, from the UKAT Group said.

#4 Seashell Piece I Found On The Beach

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#5 Yummy Pizza Dough

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#6 This Bread That Was Served At Dinner

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Overcoming phobias can be incredibly challenging. However, with the right approach, support, and help, everything is possible.

“Regardless of how a phobia originates, overcoming them can be difficult but is possible. It’s important to recognize if more than one person is suffering and encourage all to participate. Gradual desensitization or self-exposure to the cause is encouraged,” Nuno detailed to Bored Panda.

#7 This Pipe Full Of Barnacles

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#8 This Wrinkly Mold I Found Growing In A Bowl Outside

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#9 A Burned Tree That Looks Like Spaghetti

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“A more complex and long-term phobia may need similar treatment given to someone with an anxiety disorder or mental health illness; counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy or psychotherapy are all good options to explore.” For help and support with anxiety disorders, you can visit this link right here.

Meanwhile, the founder of the r/trypophobia subreddit and one of its moderators, redditor It_roll, went into detail with Bored Panda about the phobia. “It’s still not understood correctly,” they said.

#10 Extreme Close Up Of Pin Feathers On Pigeon

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#11 I Opened A Beer Yesterday To Find The Bubbles All Neatly Lined Up

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#12 Beans Left In The Microwave For A While

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“Some scientists say it has an evolutionary basis to stay away from poisonous or dangerous animals, some even speculate that the patterns are very similar to infectious diseases like smallpox which resulted in developing fear to stay away from them,” they speculated about the possible causes of the phobia.

According to the founder, they created the subreddit as a way to unite those redditors who have the phobia, once they became aware of the scope of the fear.

#13 Barnacle Croc Found On The Beach

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#14 “Child, Why Do You Scream?”

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#15 Some Eggs I Found In The Garden

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“I always found the hole patterns associated with trypophobia very creepy. Earlier, I didn’t even know this fear had a name but soon on Reddit, I found many other users sharing the same fear like I had and came to know it was very common. So, I decided to create a sub where all of us users with the same fear can talk about it,” they told me about the origins of their community.

#16 Bet You Can’t Guess What This Is. Hint: It’s In A Restaurant (Not A Mushroom)

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#17 Oh Boy

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#18 Wasps Building A Nest In Pyrex

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Redditor It_roll noted that they personally remain skeptical about some approaches like exposure therapy helping one conquer one’s trypophobia. “Though I have heard exposure therapy works on some phobias like some anxiety disorders, I have doubts if it can be helpful in trypophobia, considering thousands of users see trypophobic content every day in this sub, yet neither I nor anyone else has ever said that our trypophobia was gone.”

#19 Carving

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#20 Lotus Root Inside A Lotus Root. Double Trypophobia

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#21 Wanted A Cherry Pie For Myself So I Made This Pie For My Trypophobia Husband

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#22 South Shore Vet Clinic: “This Tick Has Been Hanging Around For Us To Show People For A While. After Months In A Sealed Container With No Additional Feeding She Laid Eggs. This Gives You An Idea Of How Long A Tick Can Be Dormant And How Many Eggs One Female Can Lay.”

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#23 What A Great Commute

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#24 This Rug In The House I’m Staying At

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#25 “Beech Orange” Mushroom

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#26 A Skull Being Enveloped By Limestone

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#27 Trypophobia Burger

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#28 This Glitch In Mlb Always Gets Me

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#29 Statue

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#30 Mac And Cheese Pork Loaf…

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#31 The Underside Of A Mushroom

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#32 This Tomb Ceiling In Iran

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#33 This Hotel Lamp

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#34 Bottom Of A Bechamel Pot

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#35 Found In Forest In Sweden, About 1m From Ground, Roughly 20cm In Size. Hard To The Touch, But Drips Liquid When Knocked

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#36 Found On A Beach Of Lake Erie. I’ve Lived Near The Lake My Whole Life And Never Have Seen Something Like This

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#37 So I Made Some Pancakes This Morning And Got This Beauty

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#38 I Ate Too Many Sour Candies, And My Tongue Decided To Shed A Layer

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#39 I Got A Fue Hair Transplant. This Was What It Looked Like The Next Day

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#40 Close Up Of Dogs Paw Pads

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#41 My Girlfriend’s Monster Dandruff Flake

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#42 Coins In A Tree I Passed By On A Hike

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#43 My 4yo Daughter’s Artwork. Those Red Circles Are “The Holes Where His Hair Comes Out.”

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#44 So I’ll Never Freeze A Carrot Now. Gross


#45 I Put Too Much Basil Seeds In My Water

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#46 Mushrooms

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#47 Some Stupid Vegetable In My Salad That Came With My Bagel. Just Give Me A Bagel Man

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#48 Suriname Toads Give Birth Out Of Their Back

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#49 My Bearded Dragons Shedded Skin


#50 This May Be The Wrong Subreddit For This But I Got My Dad A Grow Your Own Mushroom Kit For His Birthday And This Progress Pic Is Abhorrent

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#51 A Gathering Of Ladybugs I Stumbled Upon In The Mountains

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#52 I Purged A Chemical Pump Into A Bucket And Got This

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#53 The 17 Year Cicadas Are Coming Up In Maryland!

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#54 Candy Corn Pumpkin

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#55 Water Faucet I Replaced With Calcium Deposits

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#56 Wasps Eggs In My Lemon Tree

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#57 I Poured Cream Over Some Freshly Picked Blackberries And They Look Less Than Tasty

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#58 These Boulders At The Tide Pools

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#59 Poked Holes Into Coconut Flesh, It Looks Like A Festering Knee

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#60 Ginger Lace Garnish I Made

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#61 This Seashell In My Art Class Almost Made Me Barf

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#62 After A Walk Through The Snow

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#63 My Dogs Old Outside Bed. Time To Burn It

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#64 I Didn’t Know It Came In Planter Shape, Definitely Not Welcome In My House

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#65 This Vase

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#66 The Way My Candle Is Melting

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#67 My Sourdough Starter

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#68 The Bar Of Soap In My Shower Has Me Mildly Freaked Out Lately

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#69 Weird Ice Formation On My Car Last Winter

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#70 I Took A Bite Out Of A Cherry The Other Day…

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#71 Crochet Baby

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#72 These Creepy Barnacles

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#73 Unsettling Table In A Hotel Lobby

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#74 Found This On The Beach. Its Fascinating But Skin Crawling

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#75 These White Strawberries

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#76 This Hole-Some Egg Is Here To Trigger You To Oblivion

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#77 This Tree That Woodpeckers Use To Store Their Acorns

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#78 A Spider Nest On My Porch

#79 B E A N S

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#80 What Is This Brown Bumpy Thing On My Pringle??

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#81 Our Shower Was Continuously Becoming Clogged And Would Create Standing Water. The Plumber Pulled This Out Of The Shower Pipe. It’s Hard, But A Little Soft, Almost Like Hardened Sap. It’s Light Yellow To Dark Gold. No Odor. Smooth On Sides And Bubbly On Top

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#82 Papaya

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#83 Traditional Cake From Indonesia

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#84 This Root Cluster Pushing Up Under My Brick Pathway

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#85 This Horrible “Home Decor”

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#86 The Underside Of A Fungus I Saw Today

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#87 Hornet’s Nest

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#88 Pineberries. White Strawberries That Taste Like Pineapple

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#89 This Gigantic Sunflower

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#90 This House’s Siding

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#91 An English Crumpet

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#92 Just Washing A Hairbrush

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#93 Ticks On A Snake

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#94 My Wife’s Jack O Lantern. My Sister In Law And Mother In Law Have Trypophobia. They Almost Cried When They Saw It

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#95 The Ground Outside My Apartment

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#96 This Package I Received

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#97 Not Sure If This Belongs Here, But This Condensation In The Fridge Made Me Feel Uneasy

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#98 The Way The Bubbles Formed In My Bath Yesterday

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#99 Muddy Shore

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#100 Inside Of A Raspberry

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#101 Jabuticaba Tree Also Known As The Brazilian Grape Tree. What Makes It So Unique Is That The Fruit Grows Out Of Its Bark

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#102 These Gross Looking Flakes Of Raw Chicken Skin (Placed On My Finger For Added Effect)

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#103 Chocolate Peeled Off A Chocolate Covered Strawberry

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#104 Dead Palm Tree Roots

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#105 Datronia Mollis Fungi

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#106 I Accidentally Left This “Organic Potato Soup” In The Pot Overnight


#107 Burnt Pepper Gravy

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#108 Was Just Googling Pigs In A Blanket And Found These Pull Apart Ones, And It Really Really Bothers Me

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#109 These Button Plants (Conophytum Wittebergense) Look Like Creepy Bloodshot Eyes

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#110 What Tf Is This?

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#111 Guys Guys The Trypostation 5 Controller Was Just Revealed!

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