EMOTION THESAURUS

SCHADENFREUDE



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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:
Malicious enjoyment from the suffering or unhappiness of others

SIMILAR EMOTIONS:

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
A sneer, followed by a bark of laughter
Squinting (from the force of one’s grin)
Fingers that alternately flex and curl into fists
The face and neck flushing with pleasure
Having a wild-eyed look
Tipping the head back
An unkind smile spreading slowly over the face
Pumping one’s fist at the sky
Chuckling unpleasantly
One’s chest rising and falling as breaths come quicker and faster
Rubbing the hands together
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM SCHADENFREUDE:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED SCHADENFREUDE:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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