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Many people are uncomfortable with the existence of clowns. Even just by looking and being a bit far away, it can make someone so anxious. There is even a popular phobia of this, namely coulrophobia.
Although without any form of phobia like this, it seems everyone can agree that the clown is a bit creepy. Why is that? Here are some psychological explanations.
1. Makeup 'smiley face' always worn by a clown
All the clowns always use the same makeup on their face: a white face with a big smile on the mouth. Not funny, it just looks terrible. Psychologists agree on this.
In his review in Psychology Today, Dr. Jordan Gaines Lewis mentions that the big smile on the face of a clown makes it difficult to capture their true emotions.
This contrasts with the conditions in which the clown should be entertaining and we are in a state of no consolation. This makes us feel awkward or even distracted by the clowns. This can bring fear to the clowns, because we've kept the discomfort to be entertained, so we are afraid.
2. Clowns are unpredictable
According to a scientific article from Scientific American, clowns are 'spoons.' Clothes, makeup, and excessive accessories make himself also able to do anything, apart from the bonds of society norms.
Conventionally, this is made to entertain, from simple magic to slapstick comedy. But this is long understood as a terrible thing, because the longer the magic of the clown is more considered to be lousy, and the clowns have so much to do without we can predict.
Things beyond reason can be done because the clowns can push the boundaries of ordinary people, simply because the clowns are understood as people dressed in lebay and aimed at entertaining.
3. Fear of foreign matterApparently the fear of clowns is a simple thing, because we are afraid of foreign things. This was once the object of research of a doctor named Penny Curtis of the University of Sheffield, where he created a poll for children aged 4 to 16 who stay in a child hospital filled with clowns as an interior.
The results of this study precisely clowns give fear to children, even in children who are young enough to know that the clown is now even been the object of the movie murder and horror.
The conclusion of this study is that children tend to see clowns as horrible foreign objects. Of course seeing a clown image is very different from seeing pictures of children, or cats, or other more general objects. Clowns are very difficult to categorize into what type.
4. The 'Uncanny Theory' of Freud
In its publication in 1919, the father of world psychology Sigmund Freud explained that we can be frightened by something common but not common at the same time. This is exemplified by sometimes the discomfort that arises from people who have no arms because amputated, and so forth.
This theory is elaborated by Harvard professor named Steven C. Schlozman in the context of a clown. He explained that clowns have a form similar to humans. However, the clown has an exaggerated body part deliberately. Starting from the big red nose, and very big shoes. For some, it can be uncomfortable or scary, just like the amputee. Though it is normal only. [idc]