EMOTION THESAURUS

HYSTERIA



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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:
An excess of emotion resulting in extreme responses and a loss of control

NOTES:
This entry refers to the emotion rather than the hysteria associated with psychological disorders.

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Screaming or yelling
Uncontrollable sobbing
Heavy breathing
Flared nostrils
Flushed skin
Sweat breaking out on the skin
Eyes wide open, with the white showing all around the iris
Closing the eyes and covering the ears to block out all stimuli
Vehement head shaking
Hands clenching into fists
Stamping one’s feet
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM HYSTERIA:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED HYSTERIA:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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