Grace Kirkby isn’t making up excuses for not doing the dishes – she’s suffering from…bubble-phobia.
Grace is studying psychology in Exeter, Devon, in order to understand a strange phobia she has had since childhood. The 19 year old student suffers from a condition which is known as trypophobia. The trypophobia isn’t officially considered a medical condition, but it’s known to cause uneasiness and fear of any types of bubbles or small holes. In Grace’s case, the very sight of clusters of bubbles makes her skin crawl – she gets so itchy that she can’t stop herself from running out of the room or scratching her skin to the point of bleeding. From soap foam to fizzy drinks or patterned clothing – regardless of the types of bubbles, Grace is terrified of them.
The 19 year old doesn’t know where her phobia comes from, nor do specialists. One professor from the University of Essex believes Grace’s brain links the bubbles to poisonous animals, but the theory is only a suggestion.