EMOTION THESAURUS

DOUBT



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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:
To lack confidence in or consider unlikely

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Brows drawing closer, face tightening
Looking down or away
Avoiding eye contact
Pressing the lips together
Shuffling one’s feet
Shoving hands in pockets
Throat clearing
Thumbing the ear
Expressing concern
Checking and rechecking one’s appearance
Delaying tactics (suggesting time to review options, etc.)
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM DOUBT:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED DOUBT:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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