According to Tech Insider, 18 percent of women currently suffer from a condition called “trypophobia,” a strange, visceral fear of clustered holes or bumps. And though someone like Kendall Jenner—the model, reality TV star, and newly anointed First Lady of A$AP Mob—rarely shows a flaw or blemish to the public, it turns out that her extreme fear of small holes has kept her from enjoying one of life’s greatest pleasures: pancakes.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I have really bad trypophobia. Trypophobics are afraid of tiny little holes that are in weird patterns,” Jenner wrote on her blog recently. “Things that could set me off are pancakes, honeycomb or lotus heads (the worst!).”
While the revelation should put to bed rumors of Jenner’s romance with Tyler, the Creator—the rapper almost exclusively eats pancakes and Eggo waffles—the condition is real, and apparently causing the 20-year-old a fair amount of distress.
Jenner is on to something here. According to experts, trypophobia actually has less to do with a fear of holes, and more to do with revulsion over possible contaminants.
"Trypophobia is more akin to disgust than to fear, and that the disgust is probably an overgeneralisation of a reaction to possible contaminants," Arnold Wilkins, a researcher at the University of Essex who studies trypophobia, told Tech Insider. "The disgust arises from clusters of objects, and these objects are not necessarily holes, despite the name trypophobia."
Though Jenner is reportedly worth roughly $12 million, can you really put a price on the simple joy of a tall stack of flapjacks?