EMOTION THESAURUS

GUILT



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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 feeling of culpability over an offense (either real or imagined)

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Averting or lowering one’s gaze
Turning away
Shifting about
Chin dipping to the chest, adopting a slumped posture
Blushing
Reacting defensively
Short-temperedness
Consuming antacids
Repetitive swallowing
Lying
Sweating
Grimacing
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM GUILT:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED GUILT:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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