What are you feeling?

What are two other options?

Use this thread to label your emotions in a more granular way.

You might be surprised at the breadth of your emotions—or that you’ve unearthed a more accurate name for what you're feeling.

• Grumpy
• Frustrated
• Annoyed
• Defensive
• Irritated
• Offended
• Spiteful

• Disappointed
• Mournful
• Regretful
• Depressed
• Pessimistic
• Tearful
• Disillusioned

• Afraid
• Stressed
• Vulnerable
• Confused
• Worried
• Cautious
• Nervous

• Jealous
• Betrayed
• Isolated
• Shocked
• Victimized
• Tormented
• Abandoned

• Isolated
• Self-Conscious
• Inferior
• Guilty
• Ashamed
• Pathetic
• Confused

• Thankful
• Trusting
• Content
• Excited
• Relieved
• Elated
• Confident
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