Are you one of those people who has a fear of dolls, puppets, marionettes, or other human-like toys? Does just the thought of being in a dark room with one of these objects make your skin crawl? Does it unsettle you? Do you feel the need to turn them so they don’t “look” at you, stick them in a closet, or completely remove them from the room?
Where does this fear come from? Is it due to a bad childhood experience? Is it because of the influence of television, movies and books? Are old myths and legends of “the Little People” at the root of this fear? Or is it due to a deeper, more ancient genetic fear, now lost in the mists of time?
Phobias associated with dolls and similar toys…
- Pediophobia – fear of dolls
- Pupaphobia – fear of puppets and marionettes
- Automatonophobia – fear of ventriloquist dummies, mannequins, wax figures
- Teletubbiephobia – yes, believe it or not, peole have coined this phrase!
- Achondroplasiaphobia, also called Nanosophobia or Lollypopguildophobia – fear of midgets or little people. Included because for some this seems to be tied to a fear of dolls.