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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:24 AM
I have a theory as to why some people have a great fear of clowns. I remembered that abductees speak of a screen image, not to be confused with screen memory, which is the replacement of the real memories of the abduction with a false memory. The screen image is used so that the abductors can be calmer and not have a fit because they are presented with an image other than their real appearance. Remember in “tThe Day the Earth Stood Still” the alien was asked what he really looks like and his response was “no, it would only frighten you”. I believe very strongly that in the early years of abduction, such as 2-7 years old, they use the screen image of a clown because kids love clowns. In time however, the child begins to recognize the fact that every time they see this “clown”, horrible things happen to them. This leads to a phobia that people think as irrational, but in fact, they have every reason to fear the image of the clown. It is a phobia that many people have and do not see any rational explanation, it is a fear they just cannot place.
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but what about non abductees? a lot of them hate clowns to, i was never scared of clowns when i was younger ( i had other irrational fears) but couldn't it just be that clowns look weird? and that either makes a kid laugh or freaks him out?
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:01 AM
I have a memory from when I was very young of being terrified of a clown at some type of indoor festival or fair. I just remember my dad taking me there and I was so happy, but then this clown appeared and smiled at me, and I got so scared, and my dad was saying it's alright.
I always figured it was because I was very young and just starting to get the hang of how humans looked and acted. Then all of a sudden this freak of nature showed up and it rocked my little world. I had never seen something like this in real life before, and didn't know how to react, so I hid behind my dad. I of course later learned that it was just a "clown". I have no fear of clowns today, but still get a bit uneasy at the sight of one in real life, probably tied to that early experience burned into my then fast learning and growing mind.
I agree with _Only that clowns are weird looking and therefore scary. Then they get in your face and try to be funny. It's downright creepy.
I really don't think a fear of clowns is all that irrational. These (usually) men are hiding their identities, not speaking, tripping each other up and squirting water at the audience. Take them out of the circus tent and they are definately 'cross the street, avoid eye contact' types that I'd steer my kids away from.
Added to that, you guys in the US have that religious group with clown people. I saw a doco on it here about a year ago.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." -Henry David Thoreau
Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:06 PM
I'm pretty indifferent to clowns. They're weird and I'm not particularly fond of them, but I don't have a fear of them. I think a lot of their exaggerations is what could scare some kids/adults. They're usually overly happy and overly sad, have crazy bozo hair dos, and huge feet. Plus not knowing who's behind all the makeup can be intimidating I guess.
By the way my kids aren't fans of them either. I remember when my son was 3 taking him to get his face painted somewhere and he wanted no part of it once he saw that a clown was doing it. He's 6 now and still remembers it, but at the same age he was obsessed with The Joker from Batman. Go figure.
Edit/ I just asked my daughter (who I'm pretty sure hasn't seen a clown in real life yet before) What she thinks of clowns. Her immediate response was; "Scary". Aparantly she doesn't like their red hair and noses. But if it had pink hair she would like it. *shrug*