EMOTION THESAURUS

AGITATION



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The inner landscape of your characters (especially your protagonist) is the lifeblood that runs through your story. Emotions, and how they're expressed, are tied deeply to a character’s personality and which positive traits and negative traits will manifest. To bring your readers in deeper through shared experience, consider filtering the setting descriptions through your character’s emotions while also exploring important colors, textures, and shapes through his or her senses.
DEFINITION:
Feeling upset or disturbed; a state of unrest

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
A reddening of the face
A sheen of sweat on the cheeks, chin, and forehead
Hands moving in jerks
Rubbing the back of the neck
Patting pockets or digging in a purse, looking for something lost
Clumsiness due to rushing (knocking things over, bumping tables)
A gaze that bounces from place to place
An inability to stay still
Jamming or cramming things away without care
Abrupt movement (causing a chair to tip or scuff the floor loudly)
Flapping hands
Becoming accident prone (bashing one’s hip on a desk corner, etc....

INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM AGITATION:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED AGITATION:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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