Emotions Glossary – Learn to identify what you are feeling

%tagsA key element in having emotional intelligence is to identify exactly what you are feeling. Sometimes emotions can be disguised as others, frustration can present itself as anger, remorse sometimes is mistaken as sorrow. Instead of attributing generic labels to your feelings, such as “anxiety”, learning exactly what each feeling is can help you identify and deal with your feelings better.

Aloofness – the quality or state of being distant or reserved; indifference:

Agitation – feeling of disturbance, unrest and excitement.

Agressiveness – energetic attacking competitiveness.

Amazement – astonishment, marvel or wonder.

Amusement – feeling of entertaniment or delight.

Anger – strong displeasure or wrath.

Annoyance – bother or irritation

Anticipation – hopeful expectation; to await eagerly.

Anxiety – mental apreehension, unease.

Apathy – absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.

Apprehension – anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.

Bliss – supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.

Boredom – the state of tedious uninterest.

Compassion – sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune.

Condescension – belief that one is more intelligent or better than another.

Confidence – having faith on one’s ability

Conflict – feeling opposing emotions or feelings.

Confusion – a state of bafflement or disorder.

Contempt – lack of respect, to hold in disregard.

Curiosity – inquisitiveness; a desire for knowledge.

Defeat – the feeling of haveing been bested or conquered.

Defensiveness – defending against a perceived threat or danger

Denial – refusal to acknowledge the truth.

Depression – a state of withdrawal; extreme sadness and reduced vitality.

Desire – to wish or long for.

Disappointment – feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations.

Disdain – a feeling of strong dislike or disapproval of someone or something you think does not deserve respect.

Disgust –  dislike for something that has a very unpleasant appearance, taste or smell; anger toward something because it is not good, fair, appropriate, etc.

Doubt – to be uncertain; to believe that something may not be true or is unlikely

Dread – to be reluctant or apprehensive to do, meet, or experience; to fear greatly.

Elation – a feeling or state of great joy or pride; exultant gladness; high spirits.

Embarrassment – the state of feeling foolish in front of others.

Envy – a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’sadvantages, success, possessions, etc.

Excitement – a feeling of eager enthusiasm and interest.

Fear – a concern aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc.,whether the threat is real or imagined.

Frustration – a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.

Gratitude – the feeling of being thankful.

Grief – keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow;painful regret.

Guilt – a bad feeling caused by knowing or thinking that you have done something bad or wrong.

Happiness – feeling of good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

Hatred – intense dislike or extreme aversion or hostility.

Hopefulness – a brigh, promisint outlook; optimism.

Humiliation – to feel degreaded, worthless or ashamed

Hurt – suffering grief or pain; feeling wounded or aggrieved.

Impatience – restlessness, desire for immediate change, relief or gratification.

Indifference – lack of interest in or concern about something : an indifferent attitude or feeling.

Insecurity – not being confident about yourself or your ability to do something.

Irritation – impatience and displeasure; the sense of being bothered.

Jealousy – an unhappy feeling of wanting to have what someone else has

Joy – the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.

Loneliness – causing sad feelings that come from being apart from others.

Love – a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.

Nervousness – having or showing feelings of being worried and afraid about what might happen.

Nostalgia – pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again.

Optimism – a feeling or belief that good things will happen in the future.

Overwhelm – to feel overpowered by feelings or circumstances.

Paranoia – baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others.

Peacefulness – a state of calm that is devoid of agitation.

Pessimism – a feeling or belief that what you hope for will not happen.

Pride – a feeling that you deserve to be respected by other people; a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good.

Rage – a sudden expression of violent anger.

Regret – to feel sad or sorry about something that you did or did not do.

Relief – a pleasant and relaxed feeling that someone has when something unpleasant stops or does not happen.

Reluctance – unwillingness, aversion.

Remorse – a feeling of being sorry for doing something bad or wrong in the past ; a feeling of guilt.

Resentment – a feeling of anger or displeasure about someone or something unfair.re

Resignation – the feeling that something unpleasant is going to happen and cannot be changed.

Respect – a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable or important.

Sadness – grief or unhappiness.

Satisfaction – the state of being content of fulfilled.

Scorn – a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval.

Shame – a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong.

Sorrow – a feeling of sadness or grief caused especially by the loss of someone or something.

Skepticism – doubting the truth of something, such as a claim or statement.

Smugness – feeling of confident superiority.

Surprise – unexpected feeling of wonder, joy or fear.

Suspicion – imagination of something to be the case or to be likely; a vague notion of something.

Sympathy – sensitivity to and sharing in another’s emotions.

Terror – intense, sharp, overmastering fear.

Uncertainty – the feeling of being in doubt or hesitant.

Unease – a feeling of worry or unhappiness.

Wariness – mistrust marked by caution and watchulness; being alert to possible danger.

Worry – mental distress that arises from disturbing thoughts, usually regarding some anticipated event.

And that’s the end of our list. Bookmark this emotions dictionary and come back whenever you are feeling something that you can’t quite identify.

Anything else to add? Comment below! 🙂

Sources (Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com and The Emotion Thesaurus)

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