EMOTION THESAURUS

SADNESS



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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:
Characterized by grief or unhappiness

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Crying
Puffy face or eyes
Eyes appear red
Running makeup
Splotchy skin
Sniffing, wiping at nose
Wincing
Drooping shoulders
Voice is tearful or breaks
Staring down at one’s hands
Stooped posture
Rubbing the heel of a palm against chest
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM SADNESS:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED SADNESS:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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