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Vocabulary 31 - Words that Express Feelings
If someone is laughing you know that they are feeling happy!

Vocabulary 31 - Words that Express Feelings

One dictionary defines feeling as, "the sense of touch; the ability to experience physical sensations such as heat and pain, and a state of mind."

The same dictionary defines emotion as, "an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced and any strong feeling, as of joy, sorrow, or fear."

Did you notice that in the definition of emotion the word feeling is also included? We have come to realise that it is futile to differentiate between emotions and feelings. However, it may be noted that feelings are physical sensations caused by external factors and also include sensations that may be triggered by our internal thoughts. Emotions are always triggered by our internal thoughts and relate to the state of mind.

Another factor that differentiates feelings from emotions is time. Usually physical sensations cease when the external cause of the sensation ceases. On the other hand, emotions tend to stay for a longer time. We take longer to get over grief than a stubbed toe!.

We are faced with different situations every hour of our lives and we run the whole gamut of emotions and feelings; some strong and others weak. For instance, the recent death of a cricketer in Australia triggered a whole lot of emotions and feelings. These were more intense in the family of the deceased and less intense in other people associated with him.

Our experiences with feelings and emotions can be expressed with different words in the English language and these words add to our vocabulary. The quiz that follows gives you a glimpse of such words.
1.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is found inadequate?
Impotent
Mournful
Blue
Tearful
You are 'impotent' when a sense of inadequateness engulfs you. The words in the other options are associated with sadness. Yes! - despite being a colour 'blue' also means 'sad'
2.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who faces fear?
Affection
Tenderness
Anxious
Passion
Acute fear can induce other reactions such as deep 'shock' or intense 'alarm'. The words in the other options are all associated with love
3.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is thoroughly shocked?
Speechless
Insensitive
Disinterested
Cold
Besides being 'speechless' a shocked person could also be 'rattled' or 'reeling'. The words in the other options refer to indifference
4.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is empathetic?
Contented
Exhilarated
Vibrant
Caring
'Caring' comes from understanding other people's positions. The words in the other options are all associated with extreme happiness
5.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is very remorseful?
Speechless
Startled
Stunned
Disgraced
Besides being 'disgraced' you can also be 'humiliated' or 'shamed' when you are remorseful. The words in the other options are all reactions of a person who is shocked
6.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is deeply hurt?
Penitent
Regretful
Apologetic
Scorned
When a person is hurt he can be 'scorned' as well as 'ridiculed' or 'tortured'. The words in the other options are all reactions you might expect from a person who is remorseful
7.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is severely depressed?
Paralysed
Suicidal
Useless
Vulnerable
'Suicidal tendency' is a severe reaction to acute depression. The words in the other options are all associated with a hopeless situation
8.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is very angry?
Doting
Infatuation
Seething
Zealous
When one is angry one can be described as 'seething'. One might also easily turn 'vengeful' or 'belligerent'. The words in the other options are all associated with a person who cares about another or about a cause
9.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is very lonely?
Woeful
Abandoned
Desolate
Dejected
You could also feel 'isolated' or 'shunned' when loneliness hits you. The words in the other options are all feelings associated with depression or sadness
10.
What is the reaction you expect from a person who is extremely happy?
Thrilled
Neutral
Lifeless
Disinterested
Besides being 'thrilled' you can also be 'excited' or 'euphoric' when you are extremely happy. The words in the other options are all reactions of a person who is indifferent
Author:  V T Narendra

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