Bad Clowns by Benjamin Radford

By Benjamin Radford

Undesirable clowns—those malicious misfits of the halfway who terrorize, hang-out, and threaten us—have lengthy been a cultural icon. This booklet describes the heritage of undesirable clowns, why clowns cross undesirable, and why many of us worry them. Going past widely used clowns akin to the Joker, Krusty, John Wayne Gacy, and Stephen King’s Pennywise, it additionally positive factors strange, lesser-known tales of peculiar clown antics together with Bozo obscenity, Ronald McDonald haters, killer clowns, phantom-clown abductors, evil-clown panics, intercourse clowns, carnival clowns, troll clowns, and masses extra. undesirable Clowns blends humor, research, and scholarship to bare what's in the back of the clown’s darkish smile.

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The vast majority (82%) of the children enjoyed the clown performances. ” So if studies show that most children are fine with clowns—at least in a hospital setting where powerful sedatives are only a panicky nurse call away—what accounts for the common perception to the contrary? ’ ” The headline seems clear and unambiguous— except that the article is not referring to children’s fear or dislike of actual clowns but instead clown images in hospital decor (such as on wallpaper and in art prints): “Hospitals are being urged not to decorate children’s wards with paintings of clowns in case they upset young patients.

A well-trained therapeutic clown will watch for cues and react instantly if any sense of unease is present. (Koller and Grysnki 2008, 20–21) How common is children’s fear of clowns? Research suggests that, contrary to the popular idea of rampant adolescent coulrophobia, most kids enjoy clowns. A 2013 research article on patient and staff attitudes toward hospital clowns (Barkmann, Siem, Wessolowski, and Schulte-­ Markwort 2013) cited an Austrian study concluding that “the results of the evaluation were very positive overall.

In thirty years, psychologist Ralph Maddess . . has seen only one patient with a clown problem. Her anxiety wasn’t sparked so much by the sight of clowns, but the raucous sounds they sometimes make” (Gibson 2004). , extensive media coverage of a plane crash). However many individuals with specific phobia are unable to recall the specific reason for the onset of their phobias. Specific phobia usually develops in early childhood, with the majority of cases developing prior to age 10 years. The median age at onset is between 7 and 11 years, with the mean at about 10 years.

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