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Describing those fantastic feelings

Most people have a limited vocabulary when it comes to how they are feeling and you will often hear words that closely match mad, sad or glad upon asking, which are general terms and don’t communicate much at all. More specifically, mad, glad or sad can be used to represent one of over a hundred other ways that person is feeling, but they can’t pinpoint the actual word.

Life Might’s Viewpoint: Emotions as cause; feelings as effect; thoughts as interpretation.

Exploring the language of feelings inside us is a real fantastic self-realization trip and the benefits of knowing exactly how you feel brings with it a sense of command in yourself along with a clearer depth of perception in the world around you. And although some are similar in meaning, words resonate differently for everyone.

Find your own favourite words to describe how you feel

Here is a partial list of feelings we can experience as a result of our emotions. To the degree these are felt depends on the conditioned and learned responses we have acquired since childhood. We can control our feelings through meditation and relaxation exercises with practice, but some types of fears and anguish may need more in the way of structured therapies and disciplines.

Life Might’s Explanation: Emotions as cause; feelings as effect; thoughts as interpretation.

The LJASF heading in the chart below represents the Primary Emotions and the words in the table represent some of the more commonly recognized feelings that would correspond to a degree of that emotion as identified in the emotion table.

LOVE

JOY

ANGER

SORROW

FEAR

acceptanceblessedaggressivealonealarmed
admirationblissfulannoyedanguishanxious
affectionatecalmbitterapatheticcowardly
attentivecheerfulboilingashameddesperate
belongingcomfortablecrossbaddisillusioned
closeconfidentenragedboreddistrustful
comfortedcontentfumingcolddoubtful
compassionatecourageoushatefuldesolateembarrassed
confidentdelightedhostiledespairfearful
consideratedynamicincenseddesperatefrightened
devotedecstaticindignantdespicablehesitant
free-spiritedelatedinflameddetestableindecisive
kindencouragedinfuriateddiminishedlost
lovedenergeticinsultingdisappointedmenaced
lovingenthusiasticirritateddiscouragedmisgiving
passionatefestiveoffensivedisinterestednervous
receptivefortunatepisseddismayedpanic
satisfiedfriskyprovokeddissatisfiedperplexed
sensitivegladresentfuldistressedpessimistic
sympatheticgleefulrileddominatedrestless
tendergreatsoredullscared
touchedimportantspitefulemptyshaky
understandinginspiredupsetfatiguedshy
warmjoyousvindictiveforcedskeptical
jubilantfrustratedstupefied
liberatedgriefsuspicious
luckygrievedtense
merryguiltyterrified
optimisticincapablethreatened
nirvanainferiortimid
peacefulinsensitiveunbelieving
playfullifelessuncertain
relaxedlonelyuneasy
satisfiedlousyunsure
securemiserableupset
serenemournfulwary
spiritedneutralworried
sunnynonchalant
thankfulpained
thrilledparalyzed
wonderfulpathetic
pessimistic
powerless
preoccupied
repugnant
reserved
sorrowful
sulky
tearful
terrible
tragic
unhappy
useless
vulnerable
weary
woeful

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