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


Date: Tue Jul 31 2007 - 20:26:55 PDT

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
   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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