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What is coulrophobia and what causes fear of clowns?
Whether it’s spiders, heights, birds (just me?) or confined spaces – anyone with a crippling phobia understands the palm-sweating, stomach-churning, short-of-breath sensations that present when the terror-inducing subject is close by. The fear? It’s real. The “uncanny valley” effect It’s important to remember that clowns are people. People in elaborate costumes, but people nonetheless. As a result, they have human bodies and faces, like everyone else. But this is where problems arise. The “uncanny valley” effect is a phenomenon whereby things that look human but “aren’t quite there” are incredibly unsettling. It appears to be a fundamental reflex. Slap a pair of googly eyes