EMOTION THESAURUS

WORTHLESSNESS



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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:
Feeling devalued, unimportant, and insignificant

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
An inward, pained look (eyes drawing closer, brow creased, slackness in the face, etc.)
Avoiding eye contact, looking down
Keeping one’s hands hidden (in pockets, jammed into armpits, etc.)
Hesitating when speaking; having difficulty getting words out
Mumbling or talking in a soft-spoken voice
Low energy
Taking up as little space as possible
Collapsed body posture (shoulders that curl forward, the arms hanging limply, etc.)
Being non-reactive (expressing little emotion)
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM WORTHLESSNESS:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED WORTHLESSNESS:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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