A Feeling Word List
By KSU Counseling Services Staff
- Expressing emotions is a helpful way to relieve a sense of tension.
- Communicating one's ideas to others can be cathartic and pro-social.
- This list offers ideas for various words to use to express emotions.
EXCITED: alive, animated, charged, delirious, eager, discomforted, great, intoxicated, roused, stimulated, stirred, thrilled, titillated, rocked, tickled, triumphant, wild, spirited
SURPRISED: amazed, astonished, astounded, awed, bewildered, energized, dumbfounded, flabbergasted, floored, jarred, jolted, nonplussed, overcome, incredible, shaken, shocked, speechless, staggered, startled, stunned, stupefied, thunderstruck
HAPPY: blissful, captivated, cheerful, ecstatic, elated, dazed, excellent, exuberant, fantastic, grand, great, heavenly, pleasant, jolly, joyful, lively, magnificent, special, splendid, super, terrific, wonderful
SATISIFED: agreeable, appeased, assuaged, charmed, contented, enraptured, enchanted, enjoyment, fulfilled, glad, good, gratified, nice, pleased, pleasurable, sated, satiated, overflowing
ANGRY aggravated, antipathy, annoyed, bitter, bristle, delighted, chafed, crabby, cranky, displeased, enraged, frustrated, fuming, furious, hateful, hostile, indignant, inflamed, infuriated, uncomfortable, irate, irked, livid, mad, outraged, peeved, perturbed, piqued, rankled, resentful, riled, sore, steamed, ticked off, worked up
DISGUSTED: abhorred, abominated, averse, degraded, demoralized, bugged, evil, gross, horrified, nauseated, noxious, offended, repelled, repugnant, repulsed, revolted, revulsion, rotten, sickened, vile, wicked
ASHAMED: Blameworthy, chagrined, condemnable, contrite, criminal, dismayed, delinquent, derelict, dishonest, guilty, humiliated, mortified, regretful, remorse, repentant, reprehensible, shame, sheepish, sinful, worthless
EMBARRASSED: abashed, awkward, demeaned, discomfited, disconcerted, deceitful, dumb, flustered, foolish, meek, put down, rattled, red-faced, self-conscious, scapegoated, shy, silly, stupid, withdrawn
DISTRESSED: afflicted, agony, anguish, annoyed, bad, bothered, concerned, crushed, discomfort, distraught, galled, hurt, ill-at-ease, indisposed, injured, miserable, pained, sick, suffering, tormented, troubled, upset
FRIGHTENED: afraid, aghast, alarmed, apprehensive, cautious, dread, fear, fearful, frantic, hesitant, intimidated, panicky, petrified, scared, shaky, spooked, startled, terrified, threatened, trepidation, stressed
ANXIOUS: agitated, baffled, blocked, careful, confounded, deferred, disorganized, distracted, disturbed, edgy, flighty, hassled, hindered, inhibited, jittery, muddled, nervous, overwhelmed, perplexed, restless, woe, tangled, tense, uncertain, uneasy, uptight, vigilant, worried
SAD: awful, bummed out, despair, devastated, disconsolate, doleful, down, gloomy, grieved, low, melancholy, miserable, mournful, pitiful, shattered, somber, sorrowful, sorry, sullen, unhappy, begone
APPRECIATIVE: admire, adore, apprize, cherish, esteem, grateful, prize, regard, relish, respect, revere, thankful, treasure, value
AFFECTIONATE: affectionate, attached, attracted, close, committed, devoted, enamored, endeared, fond, infatuated, like, love, rapture, respect, sentimental, sincere, tenderness, warm
RELIEVED: allayed, at ease, comforted, consoled, freed, helped, refreshed, rested, solaced, soothed, unburdened
CALM: bland, collected, composed, controlled, cool, lulled, mellow, pacified, patient, peaceful, quiescent, quiet, relaxed, reposed, restful, sedated, serene, soothed, staid, still, undisturbed, unruffled
- Expanding a vocabulary and greater awareness of one's emotional state of being may be helpful for people in handling their emotions and emotional states.
- It also helps to express emotions with other people as part of a closer relationship.
Carkhuff, R.A. (1983) The Art of Helping. Amherst: Human Resource Development Press, Inc.
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