“Creepy Clowns” are a regular occurrence in the media recently as sighting have been recorded in dozens of states and a number of other countries outside the US. The phenomena has affected businesses to include Target, Goodwill and most notably, McDonald’s.
Why the recent surge? What is the history with “creepy clowns”? and what is the psychology behind our fear of clowns?
Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College, Dr. Frank McAndrew joined me for an interview on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show to answer these questions and more.
Read Dr McAndrew’s blog, “Out of the Ooze” at Psychology Today
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4 thoughts on “Creepy Clowns: A discussion with psychologist, Dr Frank McAndrew”
I’m a Profesional Clown for 31 yrs. I’ve always liked publicity until the Creepy Clown thing started. There are many problems in the reporting & analysis of the Story not to mention Junk Science & a Major lack of Ethics on the part many so-called Mental Health Experts. For instance, one headline I saw was “Why we are afraid of Clowns & Science proves it !” There is much more than you & others realize about the true nature of this Scary Clown thing. You probably won’t believe now but this whole thing has little to do with Clowns. If you are interested on my take feel free to contact me. I’m an expert on this phenomenon Thank you.
Dr. Frank McAndrew who has never bothered to interview a Clown. I have much to discuss with Dr. Frank McAndrew & the validity of his Study. He refuses to respond to me… Why?