--Expand Your Emotional Vocabulary--

One of the first things someone will ask you after saying hello is “how are you?”. You might answer with one of the seven basic emotions in the center of the chart above. “I am happy”…. “I am well”…. “I am sad”…..Those are perfectly fine answers. But sometimes using those seven basic emotions doesn’t really describe how you are feeling. They can be limiting sometimes. There are almost 100 additional words in that chart besides the basic seven words that can be used to describe yours and others’emotions.


Here are just ten of the many words and their definitions. Try to think of a moment or time in your life when you felt each of the emotions. Have fun checking out the whole chart. Maybe learn a new emotion each day!

Revolted: to feel extreme horror, disgust, or aversion to something.

                Example: Some people are revolted by the sight of blood.

Aggressive: vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness; boldly assertive and forward; pushy. 

                Example: There are many aggressive drivers in Turkey.

Resentful: feeling or expressing bitterness or indignation at having been treated unfairly.

                Example: He was resentful of their treatment toward the child.

Inadequate: to feel lacking in the qualities necessary or demanded; to feel insufficient at a task or requirement. 

                Example: The man felt inadequate because he could not finish a simple task.

Apathetic: showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

                Example: Amy was apathetic about going to the movies.

Perplexed: completely baffled; very puzzled.

                Example: George gave the teacher a very perplexed look after the teacher asked him a question.

Cheeky: showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously, usually in an amusing way.

                Example: He had a very cheeky grin.                    

Peaceful: free from disturbance; tranquil. 

                Example: My afternoon at the beach was very peaceful.

Vulnerable: to feel helpless, powerless, and susceptible to harm or hurt. 

                Example: He was scared and vulnerable.

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