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Coulrophobia or the Fear of Circus Clowns, is an anxiety disorder that I regularly treat at Your Positive Change - Hypnotherapy Durham. It is something that is believed to affect around 5% of the general population, although this has recently increased due to the remake of the Stephen King Film 'IT'. 

For the vast majority of people the thought of seeing a person painted in a white face, big red lips, a funny wig and over-sized shoes acting silly is a very pleasant reminder of childhood and makes on laugh or feel good. Clowns are are a common feature of circuses and children’s birthday parties.

There are some people with morbid, intense Fear of Clowns called Coulrophobia. Often times this fear would have been brought about by a bad or traumatic experience with a clown. Perhaps as a child, one could have had a traumatic experience with a clown at a party where the clown included him or her as part of the act and was laughed at and that person felt embarrassed.


Another cause might have been being scared of the face of the clown and has carried on the fear with them even as an adult. With films like Batman, it is not an uncommon thing to associate characters like the Joker as being evil and thus all clowns are evil.

Ready to Remove Your Fear/Phobia?


Firstly, we are only born with two Fears/Phobias - The Fear of Loud Noises, and The Fear of Falling, all of the others are self created/learned, these can't be inherited from a previous generation, although they can be learned. 


All you need to do is encounter something of a negative nature, maybe you heard it, saw it, thought of it(yes thought of it), or even felt it!!


Your mind can increase the intensity, magnify or amplify it, really blow the whole incident out of proportion, at this point in now becomes a fear/phobia/anxiety.


The good news is this can be overcome, many like the word 'cured'  and using Hypnosis this can be achieved very quickly. 


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