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How Many Holes Is Too Many Holes For Sarah Paulson, And Other Rational Phobias

By Tori Preston | Celebrity | January 14, 2019 |

By Tori Preston | Celebrity | January 14, 2019 |


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Despite starring in American Horror Story, Glass, and even playing a ghost named Merlyn in American Gothic back in the day, Sarah Paulson has plenty to be afraid of. For instance, she can’t stand sponges — and not because they’re moist little bacteria-cakes. No, it has to do with how porous they are, and how porous ANYTHING is. Because Sarah Paulson has trypophobia: A fear or aversion to irregular, densely-packed patterns of bumps or holes.

Trypophobia may not be officially recognized as a mental disorder just yet, but the evidence that it’s a fairly common condition has been mounting for several years. And in fact it may be more accurate to describe it as “disgust” rather than “fear” — a reaction rooted in self-preservation. After all, clusters of holes or bumps should be avoided if they’re caused by infections diseases (ew, pustules!) or parasites (ew, larvae in skin!). What I’m saying is, Sarah’s sponge-aversion isn’t all that weird, though if we’re going to talk phobias then there are a few others completely rational ones I’d like to recommend:

Ontophobia: Fear of being or continued existence

Panophobia: Fear of everything

Kakorrhaphiophobia: Fear of failure (like failing to spell that word correctly on the first try)

Phronemophobia: Fear of thinking (it’s hard, OK!)

Americophobia: Fear of Americans!

Blennophobia: Fear of… slime

Globophobia: Fear of balloons

Don’t believe me about the balloons? Then I guess you just haven’t seen a properly scary balloon before. Luckily on that same episode of The Graham Norton Show there just happened to be a perfect example of a balloon you should fear — and it was shaped like James McAvoy!

I wonder if Sarah Paulson gained a new phobia after sharing a couch with THAT monstrosity?



Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at [email protected].



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