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List of Emotions and Their Definitions

Updated: 31/07/2019

A short intro

There are so many emotions you feel and writing about them in a diary can improve your understanding about yourself, reduce your stress level and make it easier for you to communicate in real life. Writing about your emotions and feelings can significantly improve your well-being. It worked for me. Many years I thought something was wrong with me when I saw how other people have been with ease talking about their emotions.

Finding out to be an introvert, didn't help my situation. It just gave her a label, which I could use when the question arouse why I didn't talk about how I feel. My journal became a great companion on my journey to decipher my inner world, by creating a coat of security and privacy. Over time, I saw that things I went through were normal and sharing them from time to time with people close to me, does improve the connection.

There's a fine distinction between emotions and feelings, if you need a short reminder, how those two differ, this link will keep you updated.

The list

I've divided the emotions between the basic and the extended ones. Basic emotions are easier to detect as they hold a broad array of other underlying emotions. For example, you are happy. After digging deeper, you recognize you are happy because you are hopeful about an upcoming event and eager at the same time. The extended emotions are listed in alphabetical order.

You may observe, there are more negative emotions than positive ones. Life is mainly defined as a struggle, which we have to overcome by finding solutions to our pains. You should look at positive and negative emotions being interchangeable without strict boundaries. Oftentimes a negative emotion precedes a positive one. For example, you are worried about an event which could happen, but when you are sure the bad outcome is avoided, you are relieved. Of course, the opposite is also true.

At the bottom of the article, I divided the emotions between positive, neutral and negative. This way you can find the right emotion easier and faster.

BASIC (6 emotions) with facial expressions













EXTENDED (51 emotions)

Amazed - Greatly surprised; astonished.

Annoyed - Slightly angry; irritated.

Anxious - A vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune.

Ashamed - Embarrassed or guilty because of one's actions, characteristics, or associations.

Bitter - Feeling or showing anger, hurt, or resentment because of bad experiences or a sense of unjust treatment.

Bored - An emotional and occasionally psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.

Comfortable - Affording or enjoying contentment and security.

Confused - Unable to think clearly; bewildered.

Content - A state of peaceful happiness.

Depressed - A state of unhappiness or despondency.

Determined - Possessing or displaying resolve.

Disdain - Consider to be unworthy of one's consideration.

Eager - Enthusiasm to do or to have something; keenness.

Embarrassed - Happens in relation to other people, it is a public emotion that makes you feel exposed, awkward, and filled with regret for whatever your wrong doing happens to be.

Energetic - Showing or involving great activity or vitality.

Envious - Desire to want something another person has.

Foolish - To lack good sense or judgement; unwise.

Frustrated - Being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something.

Furious - Full of anger or energy; violent or intense. Extremely angry.

Grieving - Intense sorrow, especially caused by someone's death.

Hopeful - Feeling optimism about a future event.

Hurt - Emotional pain. Unhappiness or sadness caused by someone's words or actions.

Inadequate - Not confident enough to deal with a situation.

Insecure - Uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.

Inspired - Aroused, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence.

Irritated - Angry and displeased.

Jealous - Upset and angry because someone that you love seems interested in another person or someone has something that you want.

Joy - A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

Lonely - Sadness because one has no friends or company.

Lost - Not confident and not knowing what to do in a particular situation. Confused.

Loving - Showing a lot of love towards someone.

Miserable - Great mental distress or discomfort.

Motivated - Very enthusiastic or determined because you really want to do something.

Nervous - Worried or slightly frightened.

Overwhelmed - Strong emotional effect from overpowering feelings.

Peaceful - Calm and quiet; free from worries or annoyances.

Proud - A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of one's close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

Relieved - Happy that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended.

Resentful - Feeling angry because you have been forced to accept someone or something that you do not like.

Satisfied - Pleased because you have got what you wanted, or because something has happened in the way that you wanted.

Scared - Frightened or worried.

Self-conscious - Nervous or uncomfortable because you are worried about what people think about you or your actions.

Shocked - Feeling very upset or surprised.

Silly - Embarrassed; afraid that people will laugh at you.

Stupid- A feel to lacking thought or intelligence.

Suspicious - Making you feel that something illegal is happening or that something is wrong.

Tense - A state of mental or emotional strain or suspense.

Terrified - Very frightened, Extreme fear.

Trapped - Being unpleasant situation in which you lack freedom.

Uncomfortable - Not feeling comfortable and pleasant. Slightly embarrassed.

Worried - The state of being anxious and troubled over actual or potential problems.

Worthless - A state of being unimportant and useless.


Happiness, Excitement, Amazed, Comfortable, Content, Eager, Energetic, Hopeful, Inspired, Joy, Loving, Motivated, Peaceful, Proud, Relieved, Satisfied.


Determined, Confused, Overwhelmed.


Annoyed, Anxious, Ashamed, Bored, Depressed, Disdain, Embarrassed, Envious, Foolish, Frustrated, Furious, Grieving, Hurt, Inadequate, Insecure, Irritated, Jealous, Lonely, Miserable, Nervous, Resentful, Scared, Self-conscious, Shocked, Silly, Stupid, Suspicious, Tense, Terrified, Trapped, Uncomfortable, Worried, Worthless.

A few words of caution about my article. I'm not a professional psychologist and this list isn't compiled in respect to serve any treatment of any kind. Mainly, this should serve as a guide to look up when you can't remember how an emotion is called. I have omitted many other emotions and went with a list of 57 to make it easier for you to find the emotion which fits your situation.

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