In my last post, Want more control? Pay attention to your emotions! Part 1 we identified the function of 7 basic emotions. Being able to describe our emotions accurately, places us in a powerful position to make choices according to what we need, and importantly, what will be the most constructive way to act.
To help you do that, here is an expanded list of words used to describe the varying degrees of the intensity we feel for each emotion.
Accepted, adoring, affectionate, alive, amorous, appreciative, ardent, aroused, attracted, besotted, caring, cherishing, committed, complete, connected, desirous, devoted, entranced, fond, infatuated, intimate, kind, liking, longing, lovable, love-struck, loving, lust, passionate, romantic, sensual, smitten, tender, worshipful, yearning.
Amused, blissful, calm, charmed, cheerful, comfortable, confident, content, delighted, eager, ecstatic, elated, euphoric, excited, exhilarated, exuberant, fulfilled, glad, grateful, happy, honoured, hopeful, inspired, jovial, joyful, overjoyed, pleasant, pleased, proud, relaxed, relieved, satisfied, serene, thankful, thrilled, tranquil, triumphant.
Aggravated, aggressive, agitated, annoyed, betrayed, bitter, bothered, combative, cross, distrustful, disapproving, disgusted, displeased, dissatisfied, disturbed, enraged, exasperated, frustrated, fuming, furious, hateful, hostile, hurt, ignored, impatient, incensed, indignant, infuriated, irate, irritated, irate, jealous, livid, mad, obstinate, offended, outraged, rejected, resentful, vicious.
Abandoned, anguished, cheerless, defeated, dejected, depressed, despairing, despondent, disheartened, distressed, disturbed, dreary, dull, forlorn, gloomy, glum, grieving, heartbroken, helpless, hopeless, inadequate, lonely, low, melancholy, miserable, mournful, negative, pained, pessimistic, powerless, regretful, sad, sombre, sorrowful, troubled, unhappy, woeful, worthless.
Afraid, alarmed, anxious, apprehensive, bothered, concerned, disconcerted, distraught, distressed, disturbed, edgy, fearful, frightened, jittery, jumpy, nervous, overwhelmed, overwrought, panicked, perturbed, petrified, restless, scared, startled, stressed, tense, terrified, threatened, troubled, uncertain, uncomfortable, uneasy, unsettled, unsure, uptight, worried.
Apologetic, ashamed, awkward, blamed, contrite, degraded, disgraced, dishonoured, embarrassed, foolish, forlorn, guilty, humiliated, inferior, mortified, penitent, pitiful, regretful, rejected, remorseful, repentant, rueful, self-conscious, sorry, uncomfortable, vulnerable, wretched.
In my next blog “Want more control? Pay attention to your emotions Part 2” I will explain an important reason why many people struggle to identify their emotions.
How has this list helped you? Add your comments below.