Every one of us has one fear or the other. And they are perfectly normal because we are emotional beings. Today, I want us to look at the types of fear we all have as humans. Funny enough, some of these fears cannot be explained. Someone may naturally fear heights. Ask him why and he wouldn’t be able to explain. This article isn’t about why we fear but the phobias we have.
Fears are human. It is part and parcel of being human. However, it is very important to identify your fears. This is the foundation of self-mastery. If you are able to know your fears, you are on your way to overcome them easily.
Types Of Fear
Below are the most common types of fears.
1. Pteromerhanophobia (Fear of Flying)
Many people have this fear of flying more than anything else. This may not be unconnected to the reports of plane crashes now and then. However, despite the fear of flying being connected to a plane crash, air transportation is still the safest type of transportation. Is that surprising?
2. Acrophobia (Fear of Heights)
Acrophobia is simply the fear of heights. There are people who are threatened and frightened by heights. They dread anything that is tall and high. They fear the escalators, cliffs, mountain tops, jumps etc. Do you suffer this type of fear too?
3. Glossophobia (Fear of Public Speaking)
Now, who isn’t afraid of public speaking? Or, let’s say, who wasn’t afraid of speaking before others at one point or the other in life? I bet we all had that fear ingrained in us. You are afraid of making a mistake and being laughed at. Afraid of not speaking correctly, afraid of speaking out of point… Truth is, most struggles with this till death.
4. Entomophobia: (Fear of Insects)
Have you seen people who are afraid of insects? I have seen lots of them, especially most women. They fear anything insect that comes near them. Some can even scream so loud that you get frightened.
5. Atychiphobia (Fear Of Failure)
Just like the fear of public speaking, most people still have a fear of failure. No one wants to fail. However, it isn’t necessarily the fear of failure that is the issue. It is the fear of what people will say and how they will react to you that makes us fear to fail.
6. Cynophobia (Fear of dogs)
Can I make this confession? I fear dogs myself, for no just cause. I hate them working around me. Also, I have to be sure you don’t have a dog in your residence before I visit you. I know I’m not alone. You also have a fear of dogs. Deny it.
7. Trypanophobia (Fear of Needles)
Do you have a sibling that is scared to death of needles? I have one. My younger sister dreads anything needles and injections being stuck into her body. She would rather spend and take in as many medications as possible rather than have herself injected.
8. Ophidiophobia (Fear of Snakes)
Snakes are scary beings. They are position and so lethal. It is understandable why anyone should have a fear of snakes. If this isn’t included, then, this list won’t be enough. We fear snakes.
9. Thanatophobia (Fear Of Death)
A poll: who wants to die? Raise up your hand, if you want to die. Anybody? No one loves and wants to die. If we give chance to the dead to choose, eath won’t contain us all.
10. Nyctophobia (Fear Of The Dark)
Right from childhood, darkness and anything dark is associated with evil. As a result, it is understandable if we grow up having the fear of the dark. Once you have this fear, it is crippling. As a matter of fact, some people cannot sleep without any form of light to dispel the darkness.
So, you now have the 10 common types of fear you need to know. Is there any of these fears we omitted? Let me know in the comment box below.