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Emotional Pain Words

Howdy y’all! As Nanowrimo creeps ever closer, what are you doing to stretch those writerly brain muscles? I happened to be in a therapy session when my super awesome therapy lady showed me the following list. The purpose is to help people express what they’re feeling or what they’re afraid of, but we both agreed that it would also be a great list for writers working on character feelings! The followed material was not compiled by me but the photocopy had no attribution. Hope this helps a stumped writer get somewhere new!

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Abandoned
Accused
Afraid
All my fault
Alone
Always wrong
Angry
Anxious
Apathetic
Ashamed
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Bad
Belittled
Betrayal
Betrayed
Bitter
Blamedfave pencil point rightCan’t do anything right
Can’t trust anyone
Cheap
Cheated
Condemned
Confused
Conspired against
Controlled
Cut offfave pencil point leftDeceived
Defeated
Defenseless
Defrauded
Degraded
Desires were rejected
Despair
Destroyed
Devalued
Didn’t belong
Didn’t measure up
Dirty
Disappointed
Disgusted
Disrespected
Dominatedfave pencil point rightEmbarrassed
Empty
Exposedfave pencil point leftFailure
Fear
Foolish
Forced
Frustratedfave pencil point rightGood for nothing
Guiltyfave pencil point leftHated
Hate myself
Helpless
Hollow
Hopeless
Humiliated
Hurt
Hystericalfave pencil point rightImpure
Inadequate
Indecent
Inferior
Insecure
Insensitive to my needs
Insignificant
Invalidatedfave pencil point leftLeft out
Lied to
Lonely
Lostfave pencil point rightMade fun of
Manipulated
Mindless
Mistreated
Misunderstood
Molestedfave pencil point leftNeglected
No good
Not being affirmed
Not cared for
Not cherished
Not deserving to live
Not listened to
Not measure up
Not valuedfave pencil point rightOpinions not valued
Out of control
Overwhelmedfave pencil point leftPathetic
Pressured
Pressure to perform
Publicly shamedfave pencil point rightRejected
Rejection
Repulsed
Revenge
Ruinedfave pencil point leftSad
Scared
Secluded
Self-disgust
Shamed
Stressed
Stupid
Suffocated
Suicidalfave pencil point rightTaken advantage of
Thwarted
Torn apart
Trapped
Trashfave pencil point leftUgly
Unable to communicate
Unaccepted
Uncaring
Uncared for
Unchosen
Unclean
Unfairly judged
Unfairly treated
Unfit
Unimportant
Unlovable
Unloved
Unnecessary
Unprotected
Unsafe
Unsympathetic
Unwanted
Usedfave pencil point rightViolated
Vulnerablefave pencil point leftWasted
Wicked
Worthless
Woundedfave pencil point right

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