It may seem incredible, but there is an irrational fear of clowns or cuddles on the part of the population, and it is called coulrophobia. Like all phobias, this unfounded fear affects especially the youngest (adolescents or children), but it can also affect adult men and women.

It is not a joke, we are not talking about strange and strange phobias , but it is one of the most common.

What is Coulrophobia

In general, we speak of a phobia to the image of the mime or clown, with its recognizable physical characteristics in having a make-up face, accompanied by a decorated nose and the usual wig.

These characters, related to parties and fun moments, pose a palpable panic to people with coulrophia, increasing their overwhelm and stress to the point of completely nullifying them.

What causes this fear of clowns

It has been studied and it is thought that there is a relationship of the phobia with emotional causes or negative experiences lived in which a mime or clown was involved but, like all psychological problems, it must be addressed by a professional in a personalized way.

A common and documented cause is that projected in certain films and series about these personalities, which instill an unreal fear in their image (remember the movie “IT”).

We have to admit, in horror movies , a being made up and confused as to its real manager, can instill terror in the audience.

This resource in the cinema manages to create a confused personality between fun and the fear of dying.

We also agree that one of the main causes of this coulrophobia is related to the make-up, effective, colorful, powerful and exaggerated, of the “clowns”.

This made-up face causes mistrust, since it hides from us the true intentions of the man or woman who are under the painted face.

What are your symptoms

A coulrophobic feels the typical fear and panic of the phobic patient, always when he receives the image of the clown, or even just by perceiving its presence.

It is added to this distressing situation that others perceive this terror as something funny and humorous, which increases the stress and anguish of the coulrophobic person.

Other symptoms related to fear of clowns are:

  • Tachycardia, irregular heartbeat
  • Tremors and anxiety
  • Inability to breathe
  • Intense panic

How to overcome this phobia

Of course, if a mother knows that her children cannot bear to be in a party in which there will be pampering, they do not take it, or at least they try to avoid that part of the celebration.

But normally avoiding the cause of the phobia does not help to overcome or bear it, and the appropriate thing is to go to a psychologist , who will confirm the diagnosis, and propose a plan of action against this problem.

Coping with coulrophobia from psychology means getting used to everything that causes this problem, progressively but firmly, until there is a reduction or disappearance of the disorder.

To do this, the professional carries out desensitization , reduces stress little by little, making the patient reflect on reality, to later start image and video viewing sessions.

The patient will accept the presence of the mimes or clowns, even in person.

Immunization is called this process that allows to overcome the phobia towards clowns, until reaching the total immunization phase.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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