We have actually identified and named over 500 types of fears! Here is a list of fears which I have extracted from Wikipedia. This page is in no way intended to put you in a state of fear but to highlight our obsession with labeling everything, including our greatest fears.
Take a look at some of the fears that we have identified.
Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning
Achluophobia – fear of darkness
Agoraphobia - fear of open spaces or of being in public places. Fear of leaving a safe place
Ailurophobia – fear of cats
Anthophobia – fear of flowers
Anthropophobia – fear of people or the company of people, a form of social phobia.
Aquaphobia – fear of water.
Atychiphobia – fear of failure
Autophobia – fear of being alone or isolated or of one's self
Chaetophobia – fear of hair
Chromophobia – fear of bright colors
Chronophobia – fear of time and time moving forward
Cibophobia, Sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous to Anorexia nervosa
Cyberphobia – fear of or aversion to computers / Learning new technologies
Decidophobia – fear of making decisions
Disposophobia – fear of getting rid of or losing things – sometimes wrongly defined as "compulsive hoarding"
Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning
Gamophobia – fear of marriage, commitment
Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at
Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or aging
Hadephobia (also stigiophobia and stygiophobia) – fear of Hell
Halitophobia – fear of bad breath
Heliophobia – fear of sunlight
Hylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood
Hypnophobia or somniphobia – fear of sleep.
Ichthyophobia – fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish
Ipovlopsychophobia – fear of having one’s photograph taken.
Mysophobia – fear of germs, contamination or dirt
Neophobia, Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty
I am not really sure whether all these types of fears are really true, but they are certainly fascinating, especially the next one.
Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact
Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease
Nyctophobia, Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Scotophobia – fear of darkness
Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings and household appliances
Ombrophobia – fear of rain
Ornithophobia – fear of birds
Panphobia – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause
Papaphobia – fear of the Pope
Phagophobia – fear of swallowing
Philophobia – fear of love
Phobophobia – fear of having a phobia or of fear
Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at
Sociophobia – fear of people or social situations
Somniphobia – fear of sleep
Stygiophobia – fear of Hell
Technophobia – fear of technology (see also Luddite)
Thermophobia – fear of heat
Uranophobia, Ouranophobia – fear of Heaven
Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens
Can you believe all these different types of fears? In the next subsection I will share tips on how to live with a mind without fear.