Haunted dolls and why we hate them
Pediophobia is the fear of dolls. Guest writer MATTI BEAL, from South Wales, tells us why more people hate dolls than we realise.
I, like many other people of a sound mind and reasonable disposition, have always hated dolls. I mean HATED the damn things. Even as a little girl, I would struggle to be in the same room as them – those glassy, soulless eyes that seemingly looked right into you always gave me the heebie-jeebies .
Pediophobia –the fear of dolls – is actually a relatively common occurrence, particularly in children, and is thought to be a type of automatanophobia – a phobia of humanoid figures. They make you question the boundaries of fantasy and reality that we are, as a child, only just learning to distinguish between – making the fear of “haunted” or “Killer” dolls, easy to manipulate by Hollywood.
But surely, these things don’t really happen, do they? I mean, the fear that may linger into adulthood is just the lasting effects of watching Child’s Play with your older brothers at an impressionable age, right? It’s just Hollywood, isn’t it?
We know Chucky isn’t really real. But Robert is.