EMOTION THESAURUS

REMORSE



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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:
Distress resulting from guilt over wrongdoing; a desire to undo or fix

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Heartfelt apologies
Asking to talk
Following the aggrieved party
Repeatedly returning to the scene where past events took place
Head down as the eyes look up
Watering eyes
A hand that cups the mouth
Holding one’s head in hands
Tears that one does not try to hide or control
Silence
Offering restitution
Using the victim’s name in dialogue when they are present
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM REMORSE:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED REMORSE:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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