EMOTION THESAURUS

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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:
Lingering upset after experiencing a traumatic or fear-inducing event

SIMILAR EMOTIONS:

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Taking a step or two back
Eyes widening or bulging
Body movements that freeze momentarily
Becoming speechless
Rapid blinking as one tries to process what one has seen or heard
The mouth falling open
Raising the eyebrows
One’s head drawing back quickly
Covering one’s mouth with the palm
A shaky or disbelieving voice
Not knowing where to look; a wandering gaze that doesn’t settle
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM SHOCK:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED SHOCK:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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