EMOTION THESAURUS

SYMPATHY



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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:
Sensitivity to and sharing in another’s emotions

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Kind words, a soothing tone
Telling someone that they aren’t alone, how things will work out
Rubbing someone’s back
Squeezing a shoulder or hand
Lightly stroking a forearm
A sad smile
Offering a deep sigh and thoughtful expression
A parting hug lasting longer than normal
An understanding nod
Eyes narrowing, eyebrows pulling down in concentration
Crying with the person
Looking on the bright side
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM SYMPATHY:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED SYMPATHY:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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