EMOTION THESAURUS

DENIAL



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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 refusal to acknowledge truth or reality

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Verbal disagreement
Backing away
Vigorous head shaking
Waving someone off
Dialogue in the negative: "Don’t blame me!" or "I had nothing to do with it."
Speaking emphatically with finger pointing or other hard gestures
Raising one’s palms
Shrugging
Tucking in the upper lip
Arms crossing one’s chest, closed body posture
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM DENIAL:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED DENIAL:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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