EMOTION THESAURUS

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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:
The feeling of having been mastered, conquered, or bested

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Chin lowering to one’s chest
Hands that go limp
Holding one’s palms up and out
Shaking the head
A lack of eye contact
Staring down at one’s hands or feet
Going quiet or non-responsive
Weaving in place, a lack of balance
Agreeing for the sake of it
Arms hanging at one’s sides
A long, low sigh
A thickening voice
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM DEFEAT:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED DEFEAT:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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