Thursday, 15 September 2016

Emotions

I was reading something the other day and it caught my attention. 
How many emotions can you name? Think about it, 5? 10?

Are those the only emotions you feel? 


Do you have the vocabulary to describe all the emotions you feel?

Do you know the meaning and exact feeling of all the below emotions?


Adoration
Alarm
Anger
Anticipation
Anxiety
Awe
Boredom
Compassion
Contempt
Confused
Curiosity
Despair
Disappointment
Dismay
Disgust
Dread
Eagerness
Embarrassment
Envy
Exasperation
Excitement
Fear
Fondness
Frustration
Gratitude
Grief
Guilt
Happiness
Hate
Hope
Horror
Hostility
Humiliation
Hysteria
Irritation
Irk
Joy
Love
Lust
Loathing
Misery
Panic
Passion
Pity
Pride
Rade
Regret
Resentment
Sadness
Scared
Shame
Shock
Shyness
Sorrow
Spite
Surprise
Suspicion
Terror
Vengefulness
Worry

Does English even have words for all the emotions that you feel?

What about the feeling you get when you have to get on stage to talk in front of hundreds  - My daughter calls it "nervous-cited" - Nervousness + Excitement. Just those two feelings ? That's an understatement. 

What about the feeling that occurs from a sudden realization of a grave mistake? The feeling where your heart seems to have dropped into your tummy and your body is all tingly? Is there a word for this feeling?

There are even many words for feelings in your mother tongue that you cannot translate to English. 

Then how do you communicate?

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