EMOTION THESAURUS

BITTERNESS



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HELPFUL TIP:

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:
Deep hostility and unhappiness caused by unfair treatment

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Snarky commentary designed to take away from someone else's good mood
Tilting the chin downward so one can look “down” on someone
A pinched mouth and sour expression
A direct stare that lacks warmth
Speaking matter-of-factly
A tightness in one’s eyes
Looking upward and disparagingly shaking one's head
Taking offense easily
Closed body posture (arms crossed in front of the chest, increased personal distance)
Minimizing the accomplishments of others: "That’s because her daddy’s well-connected."
Complaining constantly
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM BITTERNESS:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED BITTERNESS:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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