EMOTION THESAURUS

SELF-PITY



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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:
A self-indulgent preoccupation with one’s problems or complaints; feeling sorry for oneself

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
An overall downcast countenance
Frowning
Flaccid or sagging muscles
Rounded shoulders
Slumped posture
Shuffling footsteps
Plodding or trudging along
Eyes that lack sparkle or shine
Deep sighs
A flat, emotionless voice
Sitting slouched in a chair, the head propped on one’s hand
Sleeping too much or not enough
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM SELF-PITY:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED SELF-PITY:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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