EMOTION THESAURUS

FRUSTRATION



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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:
Vexation caused by unresolved problems or unmet needs; the feeling of being hindered

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Pinching the lips together
Holding hands behind the back, gripping one’s own wrist
Rushed speech
Tapping one’s fingers to release energy
Pointing with an index finger
Scratching or rubbing the back of the neck
Shaking the head
Jerky movements (talking with the hands, changing direction mid-stride)
Pacing in short spans
Stiff posture, rigid muscles, a corded neck
Clenching the jaw
Speaking through the teeth with forced restraint
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM FRUSTRATION:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED FRUSTRATION:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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