Emotion Thesarus Entry: Hurt (Emotional)

  • A jerking walk or run (fleeing a person or situation)
  • Replaying the hurtful event over and over
  • Nausea
  • Self-loathing
  • Hurt that turns to violence (throwing items, damaging property, breaking things)
  • Avoiding others
  • Seeking out the comfort of a loved one
  • Heavy limbs and numbness
  • Splotchy skin from crying, red nose, puffy eyes and lips
  • A trembling lip
  • Shaking the head in denial
  • Hyperventilating
  • Sudden weakness (leaning against a locker, wall, or doorway)
  • Flawed judgement…

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If you struggle with writing emotions like so many writers do, you’ll be happy to know that this sample has been expanded into book form. The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. For more information on this bestselling book and where it can be found, please visit our bookstore.

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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 Thesarus Entry: Hurt (Emotional)

  1. OMG! How did I miss this post?

  2. Angela says:

    Thanks everybody! And Kelly, those are great–thank you!

  3. Bish Denham says:

    Another great entry!

  4. Kelly says:

    Great entry!
    Eating comfort food or shopping to try and make the pain go away?

  5. PJ Hoover says:

    Ditto what Keri said. I love your blog!

  6. I love the Thesaurus entries. 🙂 Thanks.

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