Childhood trauma leaves Swansea woman terrified of Muppet Show
ITS not time to play the music, or time to light the lights when the Muppets come on - it’s time to run and hide for Lindsay Broom from Swansea - because she has a phobia of them.
To most, Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear are some of the most sensational, inspirational, and celebrational characters around.
But even the thought of The Muppet Show terrifies mother-of-two Lindsay Broom, Metro reports
Since she was five years old she has suffered from a phobia of puppets – called automatonophobia.
“All it takes is for my husband, Alex, to hum The Muppets theme song and I’m a wreck,” she told the newspaper.
“When I see them, I automatically imagine the puppets’ facial features twisting and distorting, I just have to get away from them.”
It was when she ‘just completely freaked out’ after seeing a furry Muppet toy in a shop when she was 18 that she realised the extent of her problem.
On another occasion, she was at a theme park in Florida with her nephew. He wanted to queue for a Muppets ride, but she was out of there faster than pigs rocket into space.
The 37-year-old’s phobia dates back to when she bought a rabbit hutch with her mother and was left ‘in a dark room’ inside the seller’s house with an elderly woman.
“The elderly woman didn’t say a word, but was obviously unwell.
“She sat there groaning and wheezing as an episode of The Muppets was playing on the TV. It was the strangest and most terrifying experience of my entire life. When mum came back to collect me from the room, I burst into tears.”
She is also scared of Jim Henson’s other creations – Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock.
While there is no known cure for automatonophobia, possible treatments include hypnosis, psychoanalysis therapy and medication.
But Mrs Broom, from Swansea, said: “I haven’t sought medical advice – the phobia is so specialised that I can’t imagine anyone will be able to help me.”
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