Creepy clown sightings across the United States are no laughing matter. Glimpses of disturbing clowns began in South Carolina in August, but the phenomenon of pranksters in sinister costumes has become so widespread that it was even mentioned at a White House news conference.
How could lovable childhood entertainers be put to such menacing use? Though some people have full-blown claudrophobia, a fear of clowns, many others simply experience unease around them. In fact, there’s a long history of disturbing clowns, and one of the key psychological reasons why many run from them can be traced back to Sigmund Freud.