Colorado Technical University On-Line
Sociology 215- 1301A-08
Professor Victor Vila
January 9, 2013
A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger. Several types of phobias exist. Some people fear large, open spaces. Others are unable to tolerate certain social situations. And still others have a specific phobia, such as a fear of animals, elevators or flying. The phobia that I will discuss is the fear of clowns. This phobia is called Coulrophobia. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2011) The first two people that I interview was the under 40, person A, and B. Person A said that she associate clowns with kids and circus. She said that she had not really thought about clowns and that she is not afraid of them. When I asked person B what she thought about clowns she said that she loved clowns, she liked the big shoes, the painted face and the big red nose. She also associated clowns with circus. She said that she did not like the scary clowns like the ones that are in the movies.
The two people that I interviewed that are over 40, I will call them persons C and D. Person C said that she did not like clowns that she never had. She said that she was afraid of them as a child because her brothers use to scare her with a scary clown costume and from that day on she has been terrify of them. Person D said that she hate clowns, that they are ugly and stupid. She said that clowns are unpredictable and she did not know what they might do to her. What I learned from my interviewing others is that everyone has their own opinion on clowns. While many are merely afraid by clowns, the fear runs much deeper for others, affecting their daily lives. There was some in my interview that did not know why they are afraid of clowns. I believe most people are afraid of clowns because it is impossible to gauge a clown's true emotions. The study...