EMOTION THESAURUS

FEARLESSNESS



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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:
Feeling dauntless in the face of intimidation, fear, and challenge

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
A calm exterior (strong eye contact, a neutral expression, the head steady, etc.)
Good posture, legs spread slightly, arms at the sides in a state of readiness
Leaning in to pay closer attention
Shoulders back and the chest out
Observing and asking questions to better understand the situation
Rubbing hands against one’s pants so they are free of sweat
Shaking out one’s hands or arms to enter a state of readiness
Closing and opening the fists to prepare for action
Engaging in positive self-talk: Okay, you can do this.
Moving forward and closing the distance to others, to danger, etc....

INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM FEARLESSNESS:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED FEARLESSNESS:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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