Brian Rea, a designer, art director, and artist, is the topic of a recent online article in Fast Company magazine. Rea has created two giant murals (7 x 3.5-meters, according to Fast Company), on which he has written the names of various fears, organized by type. For instance, there are major categories for fears about physical/natural events, emotional events, supernatural events, and political events.
Rea told Fast Company that he “spent a few months researching UFO sightings and reports from the last 50 years” in order to depict fears about UFO’s.
It seems to me that looking at these murals might provide some insight into an ontology of fears. Besides the intrinsic interest of such an ontology, I suspect it might be useful to psychiatrists or psychologists looking for insight about hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, and other moods and mental states. I haven’t been able to identify any such ontology currently being built, and I hope that interested ontologists searching the Internet might come across this posting.