Steven King Coulrophobia

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Coulrophobia From the ghostly white face and smiling red lips of the clown who dances under the golden arches at Mcdonalds, to the bone chilling monster, lurking beneath the streets in the 1990’s horror It. Clowns are everywhere. Coulorophobia is the scientific term that refers to someone who fears clowns. Most people get a chuckle when they see a clown, but for the roughly 2% of Americans who suffer from coulrophobia (Smithsonian), this childhood entertainment icon can literally stop life dead in its tracks. This phobia often presents as a state of panic, difficulty in breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and feelings of fear. Many hospitals use clowns as mural decorations; for some, those images can set the wheels of coulrophobia in motion. That’s a little weird, right? Where’s the connection? Consider, for a moment, how a child’s brain works. Unfortunately, not every memory that is made in the hospital is a happy memory. If a child experiences deep pain or anguish in a hospital setting, the limbic part of the brain takes over and will associate the images of that place, with…show more content…
In a nutshell, It tells a story of a demon possessed clown who goes on a child-killing rampage. Really wholesome stuff, thank you Mr. King. That kind of movie can give the bogeyman himself nightmares. Movies like that create a reaction of fear in people; a reaction that some people like to exploit. A creepy clown, resembling Pennywise from Stephen King’s It has been terrorizing the town of Northampton, England simply by standing and waving at people passing by. Some dismiss it as a harmless prank, a bit of ‘clowning’ around, if you will. Others have taken greater offence. In an interview for the local paper, The Northampton Herald & post, the clown (whose human identity remains unknown) says that he meant no harm—many are not so sure (Huffington

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