So for this week's phobia I wanted to look at phobias around childhood objects, in particular I was thinking cartoons seeing as I've done a few cartoon related blogs recently and have another coming next week. But when I researched it online there wasn't really a lot of information about cartoon specific phobia. I couldn't cross reference the sources either (very important when using the internet right?).
However today in the news there's been an interesting article about a woman who suffers from automatonophobia. Which is a fear of puppets in general and it also extends to ventriloquist dummies (understandable), waxworks and animated models. But in Lindsay Broom's case it has developed into a phobia that is specific to The Muppets, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock. Like most phobias, it can be traced back to a traumatic childhood event she experienced as a 5 year old.
She is not the only person to have a fear that is specific to a particular TV show. Shona McLaren is absolutely petrified of the Daleks from Dr Who.
*** For those of you that are Dr Who fans, this might be an excellent excuse to rewatch The God Complex from series 6 (Matt Smith), where there is a magnificent gathering of ventriloquist dummies. You're welcome. ***
Automatonophobia can also be closely related to other phobias, such as Pediophobia which is a fear of dolls.
Coulrophobia is a fear of clowns. And when I say a fear, I mean a genuine phobia, not a 'everyone on the internet is afraid of clowns so I will be as well to fit in'.
And if you're perhaps a clown who's done way too many birthday parties, you could develope Pedophobia, which is a fear of children themselves.
Sources: PhobiaList, Daily Mail, Phobias.About and The Free Library
File under: Kelligrafie, Dr Who, phobias, clowns, children, dolls, waxworks, daleks, Fraggle Rock, The Muppets, Sesame Street, ventriloquist dummies
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