EMOTION THESAURUS

SKEPTICISM



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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:
Having a disposition of doubt or incredulity

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Pursing the lips in thought
Tilting the head and pausing
Shaking the head
Pressing the lips into a fine line
Raising the eyebrows
Clearing the throat
Fiddling with jewelry or other items
Shrugging
Nodding, but with a tight expression to show one is not fully committed
A confrontational stance
A smirk or eye roll
A hand flap that dismisses the person or their idea
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM SKEPTICISM:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED SKEPTICISM:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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