Emotion Thesaurus (Samples)

The entries below are a sample of what you’ll find in The Emotion Thesaurus: a Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, now available as an expanded 2nd edition consisting of 130 emotions. This popular book  has been translated into in 7 languages and sold over 250,000 copies.

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Happy writing!

What is an Emotion Thesaurus?
Expressing Cardinal Emotions: Male vs. Female

Visit our other Descriptive Thesaurus Collections HERE.

Emotion Amplifiers High ResTo find out more about The Emotion Thesaurus book or to grab its companion ebooklet, Emotion Amplifiers, go HERE.

About ANGELA ACKERMAN

Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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Larry
Larry
1 month ago

I’m also trying to find rejection. Grief must be in the second edition, which i have on order but haven’t received yet.

Larry
Larry
1 month ago

What does heartbreak fall under?

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Larry

Hi, Larry. This is a great question. I would say that heartbreak is a form of anguish (emotional or mental distress; acute suffering); it’s just coming from a specific cause and regarding a specific situation. You might also check out grief, since that is associated with loss. So you should be able to find some applicable information in those entries.

Larry
Larry
1 month ago
Reply to  BECCA PUGLISI

thanks

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Maria
Maria
8 months ago

Hello, in What other language has it been translated?. And where can i buy them?

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
8 months ago
Reply to  Maria

Hi, Maria. The Emotion Thesaurus has been translated into Korean, Japanese, Romanian, and both simple and complex Chinese. Copies in those languages are available from the individual publishers. If you’re interested in one in particular, I can put you in contact with them. For information on where you can buy this book in English, please see our Bookstore page.

Maria
Maria
8 months ago
Reply to  BECCA PUGLISI

Thanks for the information! I was looking for a spanish version but i see it does not exist, maybe one day 🙂

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[…] Emotions: agitation, anger, betrayed, bitterness, certainty, conflicted, contempt, defensiveness, defiant, […]

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Leah
Leah
1 year ago

Love these books so much and hold much hope there are plans for more. They sit on my desk right next to my desktop. I had them spiral bound and i tabbed them to make searching even easier. LOVE THIS SERIES!

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Leah

I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series, Leah. We’re always in development, so you can look for a new book in the future. By the way, do you know about our Upcoming Releases newsletter? It only goes out when we’re getting ready to publish a new book, so it’s a good way to stay updated on new publications. https://twitter.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=cc1cb11597b48d3f26dd7e1c3&id=f6515a7617

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[…] frustrated, excited, or scared. One of the best resources that I’ve found for this is the Emotional Thesaurus. It’s filled with thousands of different emotional responses that will help set your story […]

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[…] Emotional Thesaurus: When you can’t quite figure out how to show don’t tell […]

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[…] frustrated, excited, or scared. One of the best resources that I’ve found for this is the Emotional Thesaurus. It’s filled with thousands of different emotional responses that will help set your story […]

An Hannas
An Hannas
2 years ago

Hello 🙂
Could someone please tell me which languages this book was translated into? It says available in 5 languages and I have searched for more information but cannot find any.
Thanks in advance.

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[…] love these books so much. My first foray into the Descriptive Thesaurus series was the Emotion Thesaurus, but I just got the two beauties pictured above last week, and I am getting so much use out of them […]

Bill K
Bill K
4 years ago

Hi. Love your work but have a question.

I’ve already bought and downloaded The Emotion Thesaurus (which is great).
Is there anyway to download the Addendums?

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[…] The Bookshelf Muse’s Emotion Thesaurus. I found this thesaurus back when it was on blogspot, and have kept it bookmarked throughout the years. This is a (sample) of entries of emotions, which you can replace with physical actions to make the description in your writing really pack a wallop. Fun to browse even when you’re not editing, you never know what you’ll remember. […]

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[…] and Ends Show Emotion With Body Language (scroll down for samples) Find a Career With Wages Behind the Name – First Name History/Origin […]

Alexandra Wallner
5 years ago

A writer friend recommended this book to me the other day and I ordered it right away from Amazon. Thanks for the work!

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
5 years ago

Oh, I’m so glad your friend recommended it. Let us know what you think!

Violet
Violet
6 years ago

These thesauruses are amazing, I love them!

Kat Stoldt
Kat Stoldt
6 years ago

I clicked on Uncertainty and was taken to a page detailing “Distraction” which, funnily enough, isn’t even listed in the collection. However, I was able to find the right page by typing it directly into the url: https://writershelpingwriters.net/2008/10/emotion-thesaurus-entry-uncertainty/
Just a little heads up. Have a nice day!

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
6 years ago
Reply to  Kat Stoldt

The link is fixed now. Thanks for letting us know, Kat!

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[…] more information on how to express emotions using the face and other body parts, see our sampling of The Emotion Thesaurus, or check out the complete version at Amazon and other […]

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The Emotion Thesaurus Sample Entries Are Moving! | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS
6 years ago

[…] Hi Everyone! I just wanted to stave off any panic in case you notice the Emotion Thesaurus Sample Entries are missing from the sidebar. It’s okay–they are safe and sound, just moved to their own page. From now on, all posts and entries to do with The ET will be here: EMOTION THESAURUS. […]

The Imaginatrix
The Imaginatrix
6 years ago

I tried entering on the “Sarcasm” entry twice, and was redirected to “Exhaustion” instead. I also cannot find the free download referenced in the “Exhaustion” entry. I don’t know whether or not you have to be a member of this site to download it or not. I hope you have some answers for me.

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
6 years ago

Hi there. Sorry for the trouble. We’re still finding little bugs here and there from when we transferred everything from The Bookshelf Muse to our new Writers Helping Writers site. Thanks for letting us know! The Sarcasm link now goes to the correct entry, and I’ve changed the information on the Addendums so people can get to the Emotion Amplifier PDF. Here’s the link, in case you’d like to go there directly. Have a great day!

Ditika
Ditika
5 years ago
Reply to  BECCA PUGLISI

Hello!
(Was that an overly exited way of greeting? Did I, by any chance, freak you out with my excessively jovial nature? I apologize.)

I wanted to say, first of, that this is a wonderful site. Thank you for giving it to us. We can’t be thankful enough. And by we, I mean, any and everybody whose ever stumbled upon your amazing website. I’ve taken liberty to talk for everyone, by the way.

Second of, the main reason why I decided to break my shell and my usual internet behavior (of hanging around the bleachers hiding in the confines my Hoodie [read:staying in the background] and silently judging everybody) is to tell you that the Sarcasm page redirects me to the WordPress loging page. I do not have WordPress. Neither do I have a Tumblr. I’m a Blogger girl. And that was completely random. I apologize, again.

Is this supposed to happen? Redirecting to the WordPress page, I mean. I really don’t think that’s supposed to happen, so yeah. I’d be grateful if you’d check. Thank you in advance.

End rant.

~D

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
5 years ago
Reply to  Ditika

Hi, Ditika! I’m so glad that you emerged from your shell to tell us about the broken link ;). They crop up here and there, and Angela and I don’t know about them until someone points them out. So thank you! It should be fixed now.