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Identifying Feelings

Here is a list of feeling states that people often have but fail to identify. It can be used or played with in a number of ways:

  • Use it when you're not sure if you're feeling anything, or if you have so many feelings that you are confused and frustrated. Read over the list quickly and check any words that come close to identifying your present state. After you have noted them, ask yourself why you have them, or what has triggered them. For instance, if you identify with stupefied," record for yourself: "I feel stupefied when all my plans fall apart; I feel stupefied by my inability to make a decision; I feel stupefied. . . ." Challenge yourself to come up with as many as possible explanations as you can.
  • Use the list with a friend. Ask one another: "Tell me about a time when you felt melancholy."
  • Use it to inspire journal writing. Take one feeling, write it in the middle of a blank page, circle it, and record all your associations with it. After you've done this for ten minutes or less, write a little story, or poem, or letter for yourself about this experience. The main thing is to have fun.

The List:
I feel . . .
I am . . .

abandoned
adequate
adamant
affectionate
agony
almighty
ambivalent
angry
annoyed
anxious
apathetic
astounded
awed
awkward
bad
beautiful
betrayed
bitter
blissful
bold
bored
bothered
burdened
calm
capable
captivated
challenged
charmed
cheated
cheerful
childish
childlike
clever
combative
competitive
condemned
confused
conspicuous
contented
contrite
crazy
cruel
crushed
culpable
deceitful
defeated
delighted
desirous
despair
destructive
determined
different
diffident
diminished
discontented
distracted
distraught
disturbed
divided
dominated
dubious
eager
ecstatic
electrified
empty
enchanted
energetic
enervated
enjoyment
enraptured
envious
evil
exasperated
excited
exhausted
fascinated
fawning
fearful
flustered
foolish
frantic
free
frightened
frustrated
full
fury
gay
generous
glad
good
 grateful
gratified
greedy
grief
guilty
gullible
happy
hate
heavenly
helpful
helpless
high
homesick
honored
horrible
hurt
hysterical
ignored
immoral
imposed upon
impressed
infatuated
infuriated
inspired
intimidated
isolated
jealous
joyous
jumpy
kind
laconic
lazy
lecherous
left out
licentious
lonely
longing
loving
low
lustful
mad
maudlin
mean
melancholy
miserable
 mystical
naughty
nervous
nice
niggardly
nutty
obnoxious
obsessed
odd
opposed
outraged
overwhelmed
pain
panicked
parsimonious
peaceful
persecuted
petrified
pity
pleasant
pleased
precarious
pressured
pretty
prim
prissy
proud
quarrelsome
queer
rage
refreshed
rejected
relaxed
relieved
remorse
restless
reverent
rewarded
righteous
sad
satisfied
scared
screwed up
servile
settled
 sexy
shocked
silly
skeptical
sneaky
soft
solemn
sorrowful
spiteful
startled
stingy
stuffed
stunned
stupefied
stupid
suffering
sure
sympathetic
talkative
tempted
tenacious
tense
tentative
tenuous
terrible
terrified
threatened
thwarted
tired
trapped
troubled
ugly
uneasy
unsettled
vehement
violent
vital
vivacious
vulnerable
weepy
wicked
wonderful
worried
zany
zestful




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