Why Do Clowns Cause Fear?

clown makeup

There are funny clowns, there are scary clowns and then there are the clowns that have been showing up on social media in our area that are inciting downright fear.

“The world’s gone crazy cause when I was in school, I didn’t have to worry about that,” says Joseph Lowe.

“It’s kind of childish,” says Latravius Rankin.

“When I heard about it I was pretty amazed that someone would do that,” says Andy Palileo.

“I don’t know, that’s just awful,” says Georgia McCann.

But for some, clowns are already scary just as they are. In fact, many children have a deep seeded fear of clowns.

“Clowns are meant to be silly and fun and goofy,” says Dr. Jack Carney.

clown juggling

However, young children like consistency and they know what a human’s face is supposed to look like. So when they see something they know isn’t right, they get anxious.

“And so when we modify those features, it’s not uncommon for people to experience anxiety. I’ve even had a number of children get upset when their fathers grow beards during hunting season,” says Carney.

It’s a fear most people can identify with.

“It’s creepy, they’re creepy, with makeup, the nose, it’s just creepy. Too many colors,” says Rankin.

“When I was little, yes, I’m sure we were all scared, especially when they jump out of the box thing, yes ma’am. I’ve got grandchildren that are, though. It’s real bad, they run,” says McCann.

Coulrophobia is the fear clowns and more people may have it than would like to admit.

Experts say parents should have patience and respect for their child’s fear and talk with them specifically about what frightens them.

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