Treatment Of Coulorphobia
A word of the year short lister is coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. While searching for the pronunciation, google suggested “coulrophobia treatment.” There was a video, Lady is scared to death of Clowns, and numerous websites willing to help. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.
Healthtopia suggests “Exposure therapy with Relaxation methods… Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).” Ehealthwall states “Statistics shows that one out of seven persons has Coulrophobia or has a fear of clowns.” Their suggestion is “Gradual Exposure Therapy, Relaxation therapy, Free association therapy. Persons who have been dealing with Coulrophobia are suggested to consult a psychotherapist and recommended to undergo session that they call as free association therapy.”
Alive and Well Online: “Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapy helps to reprogram your subconscious “programs” that may be part of your fear. When these programs are “de-bugged” the symptoms of Coulrophobia often are minimized. However, some people don’t like the feeling of loss of control in allowing someone else to play with their personal “software”. Hypnotherapy is save and works fast. … Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) NLP is basically the study and practice of how we create our reality. From the NLP viewpoint, a phobia is the result of your programs or “constructs” that you have created that don’t work very well. With NLP, these constructs are revealed and “re-programmed” so that the Coulrophobia is minimized and often eliminated. Usually the interventions are quite rapid and effective.” There is a helpful disclaimer.
NoBullying.com takes an aggressive approach. “In order to prevent an episode that ends with you totally embarrassing yourself if you should happen to see a clown while in a public place, here are some tips that might help. Close your eyes and take long, deep breaths. Imagine that you are sitting on a relaxing beach where no clowns are present. Remind yourself that the clown that triggered your episode is not real and is only a ploy to scare—or entertain people. … Applaud yourself if you were able to successfully avert a full-fledged attack. “