Are You Afraid of Holes?

published on July 20, 2020

This episode is sponsored by LastPass hey smart people Joe here I need to warn you that this video is gonna be a little gross especially if you're afraid of tiny little holes or maybe you're like me in which case you're probably wondering why

Exactly is this disgusting I mean it's just a bunch of holes right trip of phobia in Greek it translates to a fear of holes but can also include an aversion to bumps clusters blobs and

Bubbles it's actually pretty new as phobias go the word was invented by an Irish blogger in 2005 so there's not a lot of great data out there but as many as one in six people may have trip a phobia it's even more common than

Acrophobia the fear of heights yes even though PewDiePie himself fears all things holy but according to the people in charge of these things trip a phobia isn't even officially recognized as an actual phobia wait then what exactly is

A phobia in the first place well the definition of a phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of something now fear in general serves a good biological purpose it helps us avoid deadly things like venomous snakes or the edge of a cliff

But when our brains take it too far and we aim our fear at things that can't actually hurt us in that moment that's a phobia like a fear of spiders well sure if you live in Australia then arachnophobia is not irrational because

Australia is full of scary things that can kill you but if you're just reading Harry Potter at bedtime and a little cellar spider joins the party there's no reason to burn down your house you're not in any real danger unless you knock

Yourself out from running away from it or something it's irrational to be afraid of that little harmless spider friend a fear of a bunch of small holes is definitely irrational

But what if people with trippy phobia aren't actually even afraid of holes if it's not a fear can it be a phobia well certain emotions do certain things to people's faces almost universally almost universally people experiencing fear

Typically have high eyebrows their mouth is open and the eyes are wide but people feeling disgust typically have wrinkled brows pursed lips and crinkled up noses now there aren't a lot of scientists studying trypophobia because who would

Want to but we can study people's reactions looking for these telltale signs the scientists have done this and research is starting to suggest trippy phobia is more about disgust than fear why did we develop a reaction like this

Back in evolution Veeran disgust evolved for different reasons but they both tell us to avoid a bad thing fear helps us avoid immediate danger usually by triggering the

Fight-or-flight response but disgust helps us avoid something different now there have been plenty of theories on why disgust evolved but they each only explain part of the picture like helping us avoid rotten food or sick people it

Wasn't until a couple of decades ago that we came up with a unified theory of disgust a scientist named Val Curtis but that's about Kilmer guys okay so Val Curtis developed the idea that our innate disgust reaction evolved as a way

To avoid crawly wormy soozee things that could cause infection and disease it's called the parasite avoidance theory of disgust and it's the top theory of why we find some things gross it falls into these six categories basically the

Things that disgust us risk having some microscopic danger hiding inside of them like who has bacteria rotting food may have mold flesh wounds could carry parasites a feeling disgust ensures that we literally physically close ourselves

Off and avoid those things we're even disgusted by things even if they just don't seem quite right it's our body's way of saying you can't be too careful when it comes to parasites if we find it gross we

Won't touch it or eat it which makes it more likely that we'll survive and reproduce and that's all natural selection cares about and because our brains have this awesome ability to generalize and categorize and remember

Even things that look like dangerous things disgust us clusters of holes well they most likely remind people of something in one of those six categories of disgusting stuff I mean think about it

A lotus seed pod does sort of look like the worst skin infection imaginable yeah that may be why these images are particularly dasya inducing of course people and cultures and customs are very different and what we find disgusting

Varies to the disgust response may be biologically programmed and universal but maybe a lot of what we find disgusting is taught and learned more research is needed I'm sure there will be a lot of volunteers so if you have

Trippy phobia you may feel afraid of holes but you're probably just disgusted and that means it's likely not a phobia at all now unfortunately we don't really know if trippa phobia can be cured but avoiding videos like this seems like the

Best way to deal with it for now now if you have a friend a trippy phobia definitely don't show them this video and if you have it well I'm sorry you had to watch this but thanks and stay curious this episode is

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