EMOTION THESAURUS

IRRITATION



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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:
Impatience and displeasure; the sense of being bothered

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
The lips pressing together, pursing, or flattening
Face tightening
Narrowing eyes, squinting
Rubbing the back of the neck
Watching the source furtively
Frowning
Crossing one’s arms
A glance that returns to the source of irritation
Pulling or plucking at clothing as if that is the source of discomfort
Fidgety movements (scraping the hair back, curling one’s fingers)
Turning one’s attention to someone else
Adopting a challenging tone, arguing
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM IRRITATION:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED IRRITATION:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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