Coulrophobia

Fear of Clowns

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  • Shyla Sreedharan

Scary Clowns are making the news. There has been a spate of clown pranks in the USA and UK in which pranksters in clown costumes with frightening weapons are terrorizing innocent members of the public.

But why clowns, and why are they so scary to many of us? The perpetrators seem to be capitalizing on our inherent fear of clowns (coulrophobia) , tapping into the primal dread that so many children (and more than a few adults) experience in their presence.


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In answer to this, I was recently asked by Storm e-Magazine of Singapore to write an article on the psychology and treatment of clown phobias . While this won’t stop people from pranking, it might give some relief and understanding to those of us who might suffer from this  and other phobias.

Read the full article here.


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Shyla Sreedharan

Shyla is the Founder and Senior Counsellor at Therapy Rocks. She has a Master in Social Science (Professional Counselling) from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the National University of Singapore. She is an experienced counsellor, therapist, writer, and educator who has helped many find their way in love, life, and well-being.

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