Feelings and the corresponding words are something that most of us weren’t taught, or taught well, growing up. In fact, they may never have been taught well and so what’s been passed down the generations are simple words for complex feelings or worse… no words at all.
It’s a simple language that can only benefit your ability to communicate with others as well as understand yourself and the ebb and flow of emotions inside.
Here’s a list of some feelings words but certainly not all. Read them over and see which you relate to, which you are drawn to and which make you want to jump to the next word.
HAPPY, cheerful, delighted, elated, encouraged, glad, gratified, joyful, lighthearted, overjoyed, pleased, relieved, satisfied, thrilled, secure, optimistic
LOVING, affectionate, cozy, passionate, romantic, sexy, warm, tender, responsive, thankful, appreciative, refreshed, pleased, comforted, reassured
HIGH ENERGY, energetic, enthusiastic, excited, playful, rejuvenated, talkative, pumped, motivated, driven, determined, obsessed, jittery
AMAZED, stunned, surprised, shocked, jolted, enlightened
ANXIOUS, afraid, uneasy, nauseated, nervous, restless, preoccupied, worried, scared, tense, fearful, terrified, insecure, indecisive, hyper-vigilant, cautious
CONFIDENT, positive, secure, self- assured, assertive
PEACEFUL, relieved, at ease, calm, comforted, cool, relaxed, composed, protected
OVERWHELMED, apprehensive, boxed in, burdened, confused, distressed, guarded, hard-pressed, paralyzed, panicky, tense, weighted down, edgy
TRAUMATIZED, shocked, disturbed, injured, damaged, unloved, unlovable, hated
ANGRY, annoyed, controlled, manipulated, furious, grouchy, grumpy, irritated, provoked, frustrated, hateful, cold, icy, bitter cynical
LOW ENERGY, beaten down, exhausted, tired, weak, listless, depressed, detached, withdrawn, indifferent, apathetic, lazy, bored
ALONE, avoidant, lonely, abandoned, deserted, isolated, cut off, detached, disconnected, unwanted
SAD, unhappy, crushed, dejected, depressed, desperate, hopeless, grieved, heavy, despairing, weepy
BETRAYED, deceived, fooled, duped, tricked, misled, skeptical
CONFUSED, baffled, perplexed, mystified, bewildered, misunderstood, disoriented
ASHAMED, guilty, mortified, humiliated, embarrassed, exposed, stupid
DISAPPOINTED, let down, disheartened, disillusioned, distrustful
INVISIBLE, forgotten, overlooked, unimportant, invisible, disregarded, lost
DESPISED, ridiculed, dumb, belittled, mocked, scorned, shamed, hated, detested
Liz Coleman, RTC, is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor based in Surrey, BC. She specializes in anxiety, anger, insecurity, and relationship problems. If you have any questions about this article or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Ms. Coleman at (604) 809-8947 or use the convenient form on her Contact page.