Is Itchiness a common reaction to gross images?
July 31, 2010 8:10 PM Subscribe
Phobias lead to itching - what's the deal with this?
posted by Solon and Thanks to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So I've always been a little bit grossed out by clusters of things. Like that edited picture of a "diseased breast" that was just photo shopped with a lotus. Just a google image search to see what I mean.
I always thought it was just me, but apparently some people call it trypophobia - for some it's super intense, but others (like me) are just mildly weirded out. What interested me was EVERYONE describes their reaction to a relevant image or thought as an unpleasant full-body itching sensation.
I don't really have phobias of other things like insects. Is the itchy-sensation common to other phobias? Or perhaps just this one, or other physical ones? Does anyone know what causes it? I'm really curious about why the body/mind might react this way but am having trouble finding more than anecdotal information.