Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Resentment

·Lips pinched together
·Spinning away in a huff
·Refusing to apologize, or giving a forced apology
·Rolling one’s eyes
·A dark look, giving someone the “stink eye”
·Displaying anger (shoving someone, breaking something)
·Shouting, “Fine then!” or “Whatever!” or even “I hate you!”
·Locking oneself into a bedroom or bathroom
·Showing defiance (not doing homework, refusing to help out or do chores, refusing to eat)
·Experiencing vengeful thoughts towards others
·Angry tears
·A desire to spoil other peoples’ moods
·Pretending to zone out to an iPod or TV in order to avoid a question

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Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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6 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Resentment

  1. Julie Musil says:

    I love telling you when I use these pages, and I just used this one! Thanks for being a life (and manuscript) saver 😀

  2. Mary Witzl says:

    Ah, yes — you’ve got it down right once again, but this emotion I know well! This one I too could write out in my sleep. One of the big advantages of having a couple of teenage daughters…

  3. Kate says:

    Have you been spying on my nine-year-old? Good list! (As always)

  4. Angela says:

    Ha, I have kids! This one was pretty easy for me, once I got going. I just took a stroll down Memory Lane…

  5. PJ Hoover says:

    Love it! You’ve nailed it again.
    And I love how you include things that would take more than one sentence to say. Like refusing to do chores and stuff like that!

  6. Just_Me says:

    Gee… I have a character who acts just like this…


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