EMOTION AMPLIFIER THESAURUS

OVERSTIMULATION



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HELPFUL TIP:

Amplifiers are conditions that enhance emotions, causing characters to become more volatile. This often leads to impaired decision-making, hasty actions and, best of all, mistakes. When utilizing an amplifier to generate conflict, think carefully about setting choices and which environments will naturally escalate emotion. An amplifier can also be perfect for triggering your character’s negative traits; the resulting fallout will draw attention to how his flaws trip him up and hold him back.
DEFINITION:
To excessively activate one’s mental and physical states

NOTES:
This entry is limited to the signs and behaviors resulting from stimulants such as caffeine and energy drinks. Stimulants also affect people differently depending on one’s physiological make up and sensitivity level.

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Speaking rapidly or rambling, articulating one’s thought processes in detail
Twitchiness
Tension in one’s muscles
Pacing
Heightened senses (jumping at being touched, etc.)
Difficulty staying still
A face that appears flushed
Muscle twitching and spasms, jerky movements
Bigger movements, heightened activity levels (feeling the need to release energy)
Frequent urination
Rubbing or scratching at one’s skin
Rapid blinking or hardly blinking at all
Sweating
Asking too many questions at once
Bouncing one’s leg or tapping fingers
Trying to look everywhere at once, eyes that appear wide
Speaking with excitement
Breathlessness (talking too fast, forgetting to breathe in regular intervals, etc.)
Pulling and plucking at clothing that feels confining
Moving one’s feet (shifting, side-stepping, changing position and the direction one faces)
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM OVERSTIMULATION:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED OVERSTIMULATION:
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WRITERS TIP:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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SCENARIOS FOR BUILDING CONFLICT AND TENSION:
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