“I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t move,” Jenner says in a quick clip as the footage cuts to her mother, Kris Jenner, brushing her daughter’s worries off as anxiety.
“Everyone says I’m fine, but I don’t feel fine,” Kendall Jenner replies.
The trailer is super-cryptic and ominous, but we’re gonna go out on a limb here and say the upcoming episode will deal with Jenner’s trypophobia, which she has previously addressed in her blog.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I have really bad trypophobia,” she wrote on her website last summer. “Trypophobics are afraid of tiny little holes that are in weird patterns. Things that could set me off are pancakes, honeycomb or lotus heads (the worst!).
“It sounds ridiculous but so many people actually have it!” she continued. “I can’t even look at little holes — it gives me the worst anxiety. Who knows what’s in there???”
The way Jenner describes her symptoms may make you giggle at first read (she’s afraid of pancakes?!), but it turns out the condition is actually quite common and nothing to laugh about.
According to Popular Science, trypophobics can have reactions that go far beyond anxiety, like itchy skin, nausea and a general feeling of discomfort, and holes that are in clusters are the major trigger. And findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggest that trypophobia may occur as a result of the fact that clusters of holes are a feature common among various poisonous animals.
“These findings suggest that there may be an ancient evolutionary part of the brain telling people that they are looking at a poisonous animal,” explained Dr. Geoff Cole in the study, via New Medical.
Again, it’s hard not to laugh, but trypophobia is no joke. Considering there are holes in everything — I mean, there are even millions of holes in your own face — we can see why Jenner might constantly be on the verge of a meltdown lately, especially since a phobia that makes you innately afraid of pancakes is pretty much the worst thing in the world.
What do you think of Jenner’s trypophobia? Do you think that’s what will be addressed in the upcoming episode?
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