Phobia Of Clowns Examined: Understanding Irrational Fear
Fear of Clowns
Phobia Of Clowns
Phobia of clowns is known as Coulrophobia and like many other common phobias for the person who suffers from this, it is based on a real fear and often results in quite irrational behaviour towards clowns. It is one of the top ten most common phobias on the phobia list and is experienced by many people, so please don't think you are alone. There are many more people like you in the world who suffer from what many consider a strange phobia, but all phobias are real to those who are affected by them.
Age does not apply to this particular phobia but is more usual to find it in small children and teenagers. When this particular phobia extends into adulthood then it usually can become quite serious and although not highly restrictive, because it can often be avoided, it is still an annoyance to those who suffer from it. The normal phobia treatment that is used to cure this is sometimes termed as immersion, or in simple terms, coming face to face in a controlled way with some type of clown figure.
Real Life Example of Clown Phobia and its Impact
Sources of Clown Phobia
Coulorphobia can stem from a number of sources, and I believe that this is especially true when one is younger. Most often sufferers have had a bad experience at a birthday party, or a circus where maybe a clown had ran towards you and either startled or upset you. It truly can be created as simple as this and I have seen people startled like this before, and although it remains subliminal in the main, can often stir when activated. The fear of clowns may seem silly to many people, but to those who suffer from it, this can be a very serious issue.
I am sure you have seen or been to a circus and seen clowns picking kids from the audience. It was clear to me that some of them loved the experience and also clear that many didn't fancy it at all. Quite often family or peer pressure made them go along with it at the time, with little thought about how this could impact them in the future. I also remember at school a good number of children who had a real fear of going to visit Santa Claus, and many were even uncertain or wary about the elves. Again perhaps this has to do with not being able to see the face. I also know one man who got completely obsessed with fear having watched the film "It" by Stephen King. It is strange, especially in either horror films and books just how often clowns are portrayed as being evil, when this is clearly not true. The impact of all the above is that somehow the person develops a fear of clowns which can develop into a phobia and when that happens one should always try and find a suitable phobia treatment.
This particular phobia of clowns can often extend to a wider type of fear, where the sufferer develops a fear of anyone with heavy face make-up or even wearing a mask. This is clearly identifying the mask or make-up to their original experience from an earlier period.
Symptoms of Clown Phobia
The symptoms of clown phobia are typical and will include
- Rapid breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Nauseous feeling
- Shortness of breath.
People may suffer either some or all of these
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Suggested Treatment for Clown Phobia
There are many treatments for phobias but I would recommend that the best phobia treatment for coulrophobic sufferers is to try and come face to face with your demons. This should not be done very slowly and not as a "sudden shock" approach. Trying to do this too quickly could actually set back the healing process, and could often completely destroy the person's confidence. It should be a slow progressive step by step method and with full support from a close friend who fully understands your problem. My own recommendation would be this.
This is based on my past experience and knowledge of being with clowns. I grew up in a small town and the circus came here a couple of times a year. I was always the first there to help them set up and watch the big tent being hoisted high into the air. I just loved the thrills and spills of the circus. I was very lucky to get to know the clowns from a very early age, both with and without the make-up. I also met the jugglers, trapeze artists, animal trainers etc.
The truth is that clowns really are just normal people whose only aim in life is to make people laugh. They really are wonderful human beings and some of the most genuine people I have ever met. I can tell you one thing for certain that they work very hard and love what they do. Isn't it strange then they are viewed in such a poor light by so many people, especially in the film industry? I can promise you and I have met many clowns that they wouldn't harm a single hair on your head. So please think about what I have just told you, as I promise you it is so very true.
Please take some time, think about what I have just said and allow that to be your guide as you move slowly through the steps. I would suggest next that in the company of a friend to perhaps get a picture or photograph of a clown and glance at it, and try to see through the silly paint and powder. Try to imagine what I have just told you, and you will see a person who simply wants to make you smile. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, then put it away for now and try again at another time. Do please go back to it again when you feel stronger.
If you have managed to glance at it, then try to look at it, then repeat that process but extend the periods of time, until you begin to feel at ease with that. There is no time frame for this and there is certainly no rush, just keep repeating that until you get to the stage where you no longer feel threatened with the picture. The important thing is once you start then do keep going. Once you have managed the picture, then I would recommend trying to watch a film with clowns in it. Don't go overboard with this and again please do this with a friend and always keep in your mind, that the clown is simply a person who wants to make you smile. He or she poses no threat to you whatsoever.
Only when you feel relaxed and comfortable with all of these should you consider a real life viewing and again only with a friend. Don't start to get anxious when you do this as you don't have to shake the clown's hand or anything. Try watching from a distance until you are comfortable with that before beginning to get closer. A nice slow phased approach is the secret. Look at others around you and you will see them smile, that is always a sign that you have nothing to fear.
The secret with most that succeed are to take them slowly, have someone to support you and start to believe that you are safe. Good luck as you try because I know how difficult it can be. phobia treatments
Hypnosis is a great way for you to start to take control of your phobia and this one worked really well for me..
Hypnosis Treatment of The Phobia
Fear of Clown Help
Helps program the mind to lose your fear of clowns