EMOTION THESAURUS

CONCERN



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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:
Sincere regard for (or having a personal interest in) someone or something

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Eyebrows drawing together
Tilting the head
Strong eye contact
One's mouth opening to speak, pausing to collect one's thoughts, then continuing
An inward look and rapid blinking
Moving closer, leaning in
Growing still to better observe
Making a micro-movement toward the object of concern, and then stopping
Asking pointed questions to better understand the importance of what's unfolding
Nodding and blinking as someone explains in more detail
Eyebrows raising, lips pursing
Entering the personal space of the person who is one's focus
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM CONCERN:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED CONCERN:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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