EMOTION THESAURUS

CONFUSION



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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:
A state of befuddlement or bafflement

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Difficulty completing a task
Fumbling
Using um and uh hesitations
Grimacing
Excessive swallowing
Scratching at one’s cheek or temple
Rubbing the chin
Repeating back what was said as a question
Touching the base of the neck
Showing one’s palms and shrugging
An uncertain tone
Increased difficulty in finding the right words
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM CONFUSION:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED CONFUSION:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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