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Re: [teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: July 26, 2007


From: M Blue Horn (bluenbham_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 01 2007 - 05:56:48 PDT

I just want to add here, for those of you that teach elementary school
especially, to be aware of this phobia as you introduce lessons with a
clown theme. If you have a kid with a phobia, maybe have some other
idea in your back pocket to do instead.

On 7/31/07, <> wrote:
> In a message dated 7/31/2007 6:37:03 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> writes:
> um, clown phobias are a real thing and it's called coulrophobia
> > >(although the latter is when it's to a huge degree). it is not a fear
> > >of silly art teachers like yourself that dress up...
> There has been a lot said here about clowns and I would personally tend to
> agree with the idea that a fear of clowns is "poppycock" except for the fact
> that for no apparant reason my daughter has always been afraid of clowns and
> Santa Claus. We tried numerous approaches and made endless efforts to figure
> out what frightened her and how best to deal with it. Finally we simply had to
> accept it. She is 24 now and is still uneasy if not outright fearful of
> clowns.
> My husband and I adopted her daughter who is now six and is also afraid of
> clowns, though she deals with it in a very analytic way rather than panic. I
> have found myself wondering if there might be something more to the clown
> phobia than just circumstance. Some horse trainers use theories of inborn fears
> in their training methods. They believe the fears are genetically encoded and
> are part of the animals survival gear, maybe some people have them too!
> Please accept the idea that no matter how nonsensical it seems, a few
> children are afraid of clowns and the fear is more like terror than a mild fear.
> Carol Karn
> Clio, SC
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