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  1. Why do I fear clowns?

    Can anyone relate to my problem? I have an irrational fear of clowns, puppets and ventriluquists dummies, and in the recent year or so it has spiralled out od control. I simply avoided seeing these things until one day in English class, a book was handed out with a ventriloquists dummy's photo on the front cover. I was terrified and it resulted in a major (and very embarrassing given that I am 16) panic attack. Since then clowns have performed in my high street, sending me into panic attacks and fits of tears, and puppet shows are also inexplicably being put on regularly, and on one occasion the performer approached me with the puppet and I just had to run down the highstreet, the fear was so intense. Ventriloquists dummies have also recently appeared when I've been watching Dead Ringers and Hollyoaks and Blue Peter I believe one day while channel switching, and the mere image causes me to scream in shock and horror, causing family to come running thinking something terrible has happened. I really don't understand why I could possibly have this irrational and terrifying phobia, but it is out of control.
    Please if anyone at all can relate can you let me know how you deal with it etc.
    Amy xx
    i smile because i have no idea what's going on...

  2. Why do I fear clowns?

    Can anyone relate to my problem? I have an irrational fear of clowns, puppets and ventriluquists dummies, and in the recent year or so it has spiralled out od control. I simply avoided seeing these things until one day in English class, a book was handed out with a ventriloquists dummy's photo on the front cover. I was terrified and it resulted in a major (and very embarrassing given that I am 16) panic attack. Since then clowns have performed in my high street, sending me into panic attacks and fits of tears, and puppet shows are also inexplicably being put on regularly, and on one occasion the performer approached me with the puppet and I just had to run down the highstreet, the fear was so intense. Ventriloquists dummies have also recently appeared when I've been watching Dead Ringers and Hollyoaks and Blue Peter I believe one day while channel switching, and the mere image causes me to scream in shock and horror, causing family to come running thinking something terrible has happened. I really don't understand why I could possibly have this irrational and terrifying phobia, but it is out of control.
    Please if anyone at all can relate can you let me know how you deal with it etc.
    Amy xx
    i smile because i have no idea what's going on...

  3. #3

    why do i fear clowns etc?

    Amy, in another post you described symptoms which might be OCD. Now you are describing what sounds like phobic behavior or possibly a post-traumatic reaction of some sort.

    The common thread is that these are all anxiety-based.

    As I said in reply to your other post, I think you should start by talking to your family doctor.

  4. #4

    why do i fear clowns etc?

    Amy, in another post you described symptoms which might be OCD. Now you are describing what sounds like phobic behavior or possibly a post-traumatic reaction of some sort.

    The common thread is that these are all anxiety-based.

    As I said in reply to your other post, I think you should start by talking to your family doctor.

  5. why do i fear clowns etc?

    thanks, as I said, I'm going to the doctors tomorrow, I'll mention my phobias too... I get panic attacks also. I'm just panic ridden at the moment it seems.
    Amyxx
    i smile because i have no idea what's going on...

  6. why do i fear clowns etc?

    thanks, as I said, I'm going to the doctors tomorrow, I'll mention my phobias too... I get panic attacks also. I'm just panic ridden at the moment it seems.
    Amyxx
    i smile because i have no idea what's going on...

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    why do i fear clowns etc?

    As a child, I had obessive nightmares or "Night Terrors". Mainly because I watched to many scary movies at a young age, the one being the worse was Childs Play. God, that movie terrified me to death and I had nightmares every night for years about that "doll". I feared going to bed because I knew what was going to happen. I tried staying up as long as possible but would slip into sleep unnoticably and would be dreaming having nightmares when I thought I was awake, which made it even worse. I would try to wake myself up from the dream, I won't give you details of it just because I don't want to scare you, but it wouldn't work, which made me think it was real for sure. Consider I was also a kid, it was horrible. And it was always about that damn doll. Finally, im not exactly sure what it was, but it went away. I had a few dreams of me actually fighting back killing him because I think I was getting more mature on the subject. I realised alot of things... One, he is just a doll how much harm can he do? Two, he has a weakness like any other thing in the world. Three, he was insane so I could outsmart him in many ways... etc... I also had one dream where I made friends with him?? That was a weird one. But point is, there are logical reasons why you shouldn't be scared and you should fight back in some way or another to fully supress it. Attack it head on.

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    why do i fear clowns etc?

    As a child, I had obessive nightmares or "Night Terrors". Mainly because I watched to many scary movies at a young age, the one being the worse was Childs Play. God, that movie terrified me to death and I had nightmares every night for years about that "doll". I feared going to bed because I knew what was going to happen. I tried staying up as long as possible but would slip into sleep unnoticably and would be dreaming having nightmares when I thought I was awake, which made it even worse. I would try to wake myself up from the dream, I won't give you details of it just because I don't want to scare you, but it wouldn't work, which made me think it was real for sure. Consider I was also a kid, it was horrible. And it was always about that damn doll. Finally, im not exactly sure what it was, but it went away. I had a few dreams of me actually fighting back killing him because I think I was getting more mature on the subject. I realised alot of things... One, he is just a doll how much harm can he do? Two, he has a weakness like any other thing in the world. Three, he was insane so I could outsmart him in many ways... etc... I also had one dream where I made friends with him?? That was a weird one. But point is, there are logical reasons why you shouldn't be scared and you should fight back in some way or another to fully supress it. Attack it head on.

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    Re: why do i fear clowns etc?

    I think, Amy, that you've probably made progress since whenever this thread was posted, but I just want to say that I also find something in clowns, ventriloquist's dummies, puppets, etc., that is strangely unsettling. All of these figures are not quite human, but they are replicating or imitating human beings. This is an unusual premise, and I don't think you are alone in finding them disorienting. In the case of the clown, the person behind the mask and the costume is actually human, but his humanity is disguised and cloaked in a kind of distortion. This can be scary, because one wonders what is really behind the false smiles and frowns: the strange actions intended to amuse and entertain.

    I'm not a counselor or a psychologist, so I can't really give professional advice, but I just wanted to say that I identify to some degree. I I don't think that your phobia is without some basis in reality. I guess it might be helpful to understand that there is no intention on the part of the clown or the puppeteer to arouse such fears. They are only entertainers in the business of the Performing Arts. Their goal is to entertain, and to receive applause and laughter, like any other performer. So the scenario, while it can be bizarre, is not a hostile one.

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    Re: why do i fear clowns etc?

    That's pretty much true, stargazer. Research with young children shows that faces which are almost human but distorted in some way are much scarier than faces which don't look human at all.

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