People have a lot of fears. Some of them are strange, like Coprophobia, which is an abnormal and persistent fear of feces. Others are more common, such as Arachnophobia, which everyone knows is a fear of spiders.
The one that seems to straddle the fence between weird and normal however, is Coulrophobia, which is better known as a fear of clowns.
A member of my household, who shall remain nameless, suffers from this phobia. There’s no crazy story behind the phobia about how a clown tried to murder him/her. It’s just one of those things that strikes you whenever you see one.
The problem with this particular phobia is that once you have kids, there is no escaping it. Kids love clowns! They make them balloon animals, play funny instruments, perform hilarious pratfalls and most importantly, they teach children about the joys of Hamburgers, French Fries and Play Land’s!
Come to think of it, how could anyone be afraid of clowns? They are so lovable and funny! What has a clown ever done to anybody to deserve this sort of discrimination?! They slave and slave to look their very funniest, so that your kids birthday parties are a giant success and this is the thanks they get? Give me one good reason why I should fear one of these pillars of society!
Oh yeah, I forgot about him…. Sorry Ronald, as long as this guy is around, you’ll have to keep working double time to convince us that you are not evil.
Question Time! Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it? Don’t worry, no one will judge you, just consider this a safe space to share your darkest fears!