Dealing with the fear of clowns
In order to be able to treat coulrophobia, one needs to analyze what is the
origin of clown phobia:
• Is it the
fear of unknown?
• The fact that behind the smiley face there
could be anyone?
• Is it that the
clown has no social norms, can break up barriers of interaction and that makes
one person uncomfortable with them?
• Or is it a childhood
• Maybe a movie?
In a broader sense even Charlie Chaplin could be catalogued as a clown because of his characters, but there is
no fear of Chaplin.
Is it just the mask that makes the difference?
Unfortunately there is no cure for clown phobia. It depends on each person. But if coulrophobia is something you
can’t live without, you should gradually accommodate yourself to the idea of clowns.
Maybe first watch some videos of clowns performing funny acts over the
Sometimes, clowns putting their make up in front of the public can help
relieve the tension of some coulrophobiacs as they can see it is just a mask,
and they could see the real person behind the mask.
With some people, this is just enough, but obviously this cannot
be possible in every social situation.
The fear of clowns is not something you should be ashamed
of. Many people share the same fear and if you have any positive experience
in overcoming your fear, share it below so that fellow coulrophobes can