EMOTION THESAURUS

RELIEF



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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:
The alleviation or lightening of oppressive stressors

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Covering the mouth with a hand
Shaking head and closing the eyes
Gasping
Trembling hands
Reaching out to another for comfort
Slumping posture
A slow smile
Using humor to lighten the moment
Shaky laughter
Sagging against a wall or person
Pressing the palms to the eyes
Asking for the good news to be repeated
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM RELIEF:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED RELIEF:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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