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Vocabulary 30 - More Words that Express Emotions
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Vocabulary 30 - More Words that Express Emotions

Lakshmi was emotionally upset because she had failed her English test.

Manav’s brother beat him with a hockey stick. Manav got hurt and he yelped with pain.


These two examples depict two kinds of sensations. Lakshmi’s reaction to her failure in the English test was to get upset which will stay with her for some time and she may overcome her disappointment with a good performance in the next test.

Manav felt the physical pain of getting hurt and that pain vanished when his brother stopped hitting him. Here, in addition to the physical pain, which stops after the hitting stops, Manav’s mind is storing the act of his brother hitting him and will trigger different sensations which may result in anger, revenge, compassion or fear.

Every day we go through different emotions. Sometimes we are very happy throughout the day when we think of some good news and the happiness stays with us. Our happiness is expressed in all we do and our friends may remark, rather surprisingly, as to why we are so very upbeat.

Sometimes the converse is also true, as when we have had a bad thought at the beginning to the day and we carry it with us. This may make us sad, angry or ashamed.

It is often not possible to draw a definite line between emotions and feelings. While emotions are almost always sensations that follow one’s state of mind and are predominantly led by thoughts that are internal to a person, feelings are a result of external stimuli and are predominantly physical in nature. Also, feelings can stem from thoughts.

There are many words in the English language that can be used to express feelings and emotions and the quiz that follows exposes you to some of these words.
1.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is intensely jealous?
Threatened
Possessive
Resentful
Hopeless
'Hopeless' is associated with sadness. When one is intensely jealous one may feel 'threatened', 'possessive' or 'resentful'
2.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is lonely?
Rejected
Shunned
Ecstatic
Abandoned
'Ecstatic' is associated with happiness. When you are lonely you are likely to feel 'abandoned', 'shunned' or 'rejected'
3.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is guilty?
Degraded
Humiliated
Embarrassed
Covetous
'Covetous' is asociated with jealousy. The reaction from a person who is guilty is similar to that of one who is ashamed and a guilty person might feel 'embarrassed', 'humiliated' or 'degraded'
4.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is confused?
Baffled
Devoted
Confounded
Befuddled
'Devoted' is associated with caring. A confused person could be described as 'confounded', 'befuddled' or 'baffled'
5.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is extremely sad?
Hopeless
Serene
Dispirited
Withdrawn
'Serene' is associated with happiness. An extremely sad person tends to feel 'hopeless', 'dispirited' or 'withdrawn'
6.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is extremely sad?
Distraught
Tormented
Furious
Agonised
'Furious' is associated with anger. A person who is extremely sad might feel 'distraught', 'tormented' or 'agonised'
7.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is slightly jealous?
Guilty
Suspicious
Insecure
Distrustful
'Guilty' is associated with shame. When you are jealous you tend to be 'suspicious', 'insecure' or 'distrustful'
8.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is hurt?
Scorned
Crushed
Mocked
Inferior
'Inferior' is associated with inadequateness. You might feel 'scorned', 'crushed' or 'mocked' when you are hurt
9.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is remorseful?
Belligerent
Compunction
Pitiful
Compassionate
'Belligerent' is associated with anger. 'Compunction', 'pitiful' and 'compassionate' are all words associated with remorse
10.
What is the reaction you don't expect from a person who is envious?
Ostracised
Gluttonous
Greedy
Avaricious
'Ostracised' is associated with shame. Jealousy and envy evoke similar emotions. While jealousy is more to do with intimate relationships envy is to do with possessions
Author:  V T Narendra

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