Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Humility/Meekness

· Hesitantly offering an opinion or answering questions
· Anxiety at praise or attention (blushing, stuttering out a response)
· Small displays of emotion (a small smile instead of an energetic grin)
· Feeling cornered when approached
· Shrugging, shaking the head or nodding an answer instead of speaking
· Holding/hugging something like a shield when interacting with others
· Hiding out in a bathroom or little-used area
· Sitting or standing with one’s back to something–a wall, a chair, a corner
· Using a quiet activity to avoid others (reading a book, listening to music through earbuds)
· Small movements that keep one from being noticed
· Wearing muted colors or unassuming clothes to avoid being singled out
· Making decisions that will keep one out of the limelight
· A secret desire for praise, having fantasies about being accepted and joining in…

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8 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Humility/Meekness

  1. Pingback: Emotion Thesaurus Entry Collection (Samples) | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

  2. L! says:

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  3. Connie Clark says:

    Yes, I’m a little slow or behind, but I’ve been working, working, working! Once again, you guys have done it. I’m reading this and some of the characteristics sound like me! I don’t think of myself as being meek or shy, okay well, maybe a little. Everytime I read this I thank you guys! You will be richly rewarded in writer’s heaven!

  4. Just_Me says:

    Hooray!

    Thanks, Angela!

  5. Angela says:

    Thanks everyone. I struggled with this one a bit, I think because the nature of these emotion isn’t as ‘overt’ as other ones. People who tend to display this range are trying to not draw attention to themselves.

    Just_me, I think pain would be a good one to post, even though it isn’t an ’emotion’ per se, but rather a product of emotion or physical response. Still, you’re right, this is something all characters express and we all do it differently. We’ll add iot to our list. 🙂

    Really appreciate the feedback, guys!

  6. Mary Witzl says:

    I’ve tried to think of anything you might have missed, but the only thing I could think of is that little head ducking movement very humble people are apt to make (my father had it down to an art). I do grovelling humility all too well (for very good reasons) and I almost winced to see a lot of my mannerisms here.

  7. Just_Me says:

    I absolutely love your thesaurus! I check it regularly while writing and editing…

    Could you possibly do pain in a future posting? Characters are injured regularly but short of making them limp or walk around bandaged it’s hard to make it obvious that they are in pain.

  8. Pema says:

    Wow – thank you once again, Angela! I can’t think of any others – it seems as if you’ve covered them all!

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