EMOTION THESAURUS

TORMENTED



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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:
Experiencing extreme mental distress because of one’s closeness to a possible crisis or disaster

SIMILAR EMOTIONS:

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Eyes going wide, being unable to blink, appearing haunted
Eyebrows pulled together, the crease deep and evident
A quivering chin
Dragging one’s fingers down the cheeks
Covering the ears and rocking
Pressing the palms hard against the cheeks
The body quaking
Being unable to sit still
A strangled cry of frustration
A voice that breaks and sounds high pitched
Needing to move, pace, or destroy something
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM TORMENTED:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED TORMENTED:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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