Fear of clowns means you value honestyTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com
Does the idea of Pennywise make your heart drop? Not to worry, you aren’t alone. According to an article in Scientific American, clowns are portrayed as “tricksters” whose masks give them the feeling that they can abandon typically acceptable social behavior. So it’s no surprise that coulrophobia is quite common—nearly one in 10 adults fesses up to having it. In a University of Sheffield study, 250 children aged 4 to 16 were asked how they felt about clown images. The conclusion from this study was that the children simply find them to be “frightening and unknowable.” Carlin Flora writes in Psychology Today, “Because reading facial expressions has long been a key to survival, our inability to discern a clown’s expressions (and true intentions) underneath the what covers their face raises automatic suspicions.” People who are afraid of clowns tend to pride themselves on their honesty, transparency, and straightforwardness, and expect others around them to do the same. However, your nonsensical and overly logical nature may sometimes prevent you from kicking back in social situations. Although you don’t need to do it at the circus, don’t be afraid to clown around every once in awhile. (This may shed some more light on why people are so afraid of clowns).
A fear of blood means you’re calm and collectedTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com
If the sight of this red, course liquid makes your head spin, you suffer from hemophobia. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders groups this fear as blood-injection-injury phobia, or BII. Observing blood seep from a wound or spatter on the ground will instantly spark your defense mechanisms, increasing your heart rate and blood pressure in the process. PhD neuroscience candidate Jordan Gaines Lewis writes, “Do you get woozy when you see blood? As it turns out, fainting at the sight of blood may be a primitive reflex buried deep in our brain.” Basically, your mind associates blood with something wrong and sends a danger signal to your brain. If this is the case, you have a strong protective instinct and tend to be the calm, collected one in your social group. You also harbor an appreciation for your body and strive to take care of it as best you can. Use your centered zen to create calm around you and share your inner peace with more stressed friends. Don’t miss this cheat sheet on 22 real phobias you never knew existed.