EMOTION THESAURUS

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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:
A deep and painful sorrow over a personal loss, often a loved one

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Shaky hands
A vacant look; slack facial expressions
A sudden loss of breath or struggling to find one’s breath
Dizziness or nausea
Rubbing at one’s chest
Lashing out at others
A loss of appetite
Refusing to eat
Frequent swallowing
Lips that tremble and press together
Holding or wearing a cherished item or gift belonging to the one who died
Forgetting to change clothing or attend to one’s hygiene
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM GRIEF:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED GRIEF:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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