EMOTION THESAURUS

DISBELIEF



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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:
Withholding belief; a refusal to see the truth

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Mouth slackening
Eyes widening
Looking down or away
Rubbing at an eyelid or brow
Being at a loss for words
Turning away and covering the mouth
Expression blanching, going pale
Asking Are you sure? questions
Scratching one’s jaw
A shake of the head
Rubbing absently at the arms
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM DISBELIEF:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED DISBELIEF:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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