A List of Feelings We All Have (Emotions and Sensations)

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The following list of words are used to express a combination of emotional states and physical sensations. This list is neither exhaustive nor definitive. It is meant as a starting place to help you develop your emotional vocabulary, engage in a process of deepening self-discovery and to facilitate greater understanding and connection between people.. When you get stuck, and struggle to communicate your needs, you can use this list as a reference guide.

There are two parts to this list: feelings we may have when our needs are being met and feelings we may have when our needs are not being met.

If you are new to learning Nonviolent Communication and you'd like to deepen your understanding of needs, we suggest you look for Introductory Skill Level resources in the NVC Multimedia Library.

Feelings when your needs are satisfied:

AFFECTIONATE
compassionate
friendly
loving
open hearted
sympathetic
tender
warm

ENGAGED
absorbed
alert
curious
engrossed
enchanted
entranced
fascinated
interested
intrigued
involved
spellbound
stimulated

HOPEFUL
expectant
encouraged
optimistic

CONFIDENT
empowered
open
proud
safe
secure

EXCITED
amazed
animated
ardent
aroused
astonished
dazzled
eager
energetic
enthusiastic
giddy
invigorated
lively
passionate
surprised
vibrant

GRATEFUL
appreciative
moved
thankful
touched

INSPIRED
amazed
awed
wonder

JOYFUL
amused
delighted
glad
happy
jubilant
pleased
tickled

EXHILARATED
blissful
ecstatic
elated
enthralled
exuberant
radiant
rapturous
thrilled

PEACEFUL
calm
clear headed
comfortable
centered
content
equanimous
fulfilled
mellow
quiet
relaxed
relieved
satisfied
serene
still
tranquil
trusting

REFRESHED
enlivened
rejuvenated
renewed
rested
restored
revived

Feelings when your needs are not satisfied:

AFRAID
apprehensive
dread
foreboding
frightened
mistrustful
panicked
petrified
scared
suspicious
terrified
wary
worried

ANNOYED
aggravated
dismayed
disgruntled
displeased
exasperated
frustrated
impatient
irritated
irked

ANGRY
enraged
furious
incensed
indignant
irate
livid
outraged
resentful

AVERSION
animosity
appalled
contempt
disgusted
dislike
hate
horrified
hostile
repulsed

CONFUSED
ambivalent
baffled
bewildered
dazed
hesitant
lost
mystified
perplexed
puzzled
torn

DISCONNECTED
alienated
aloof
apathetic
bored
cold
detached
distant
distracted
indifferent
numb
removed
uninterested
withdrawn

DISQUIET
agitated
alarmed
discombobulated
disconcerted
disturbed
perturbed
rattled
restless
shocked
startled
surprised
troubled
turbulent
turmoil
uncomfortable
uneasy
unnerved
unsettled
upset

EMBARRASSED
ashamed
chagrined
flustered
guilty
mortified
self-conscious

FATIGUE
beat
burnt out
depleted
exhausted
lethargic
listless
sleepy
tired
weary
worn out

PAIN
agony
anguished
bereaved
devastated
grief
heartbroken
hurt
lonely
miserable
regretful
remorseful

SAD
depressed
dejected
despair
despondent
disappointed
discouraged
disheartened
forlorn
gloomy
heavy hearted
hopeless
melancholy
unhappy
wretched

TENSE
anxious
cranky
distressed
distraught
edgy
fidgety
frazzled
irritable
jittery
nervous
overwhelmed
restless
stressed out

VULNERABLE
fragile
guarded
helpless
insecure
leery
reserved
sensitive
shaky

YEARNING
envious
jealous
longing
nostalgic
pining
wistful

Here's a longer list, shown alphabetically.

Feelings when your needs are satisfied:

Absorbed
Adventurous
Affectionate
Alert
Alive
Amorous
Animated
Appreciative
Amazed
Amused
Aroused
Astonished
Astounded
Awake
Awed
Blissful
Breathless
Buoyant
Calm
Carefree
Comfortable
Confident
Contented
Cozy
Curious
Cushy
Dazzled
Delighted
Eager
Ecstatic

Ebullient
Effervescent
Elated
Electrified
Enchanted
Encouraged
Energetic
Engrossed
Enlivened
Enthralled
Enthusiastic
Exalted
Excited
Exhilarated
Expansive
Expectant
Exuberant
Fascinated
Fondness
Friendly
Fulfilled
Gay
Giddy
Glad
Gleeful
Glorious
Glowing
Grateful
Gratified
Grief

Happy
Helpful
Hopeful
Humbled
Inquisitive
Inspired
Interested
Intrigued
Invigorated
Involved
Joyful
Joyous
Jubilant
Liberated
Loving
Mellow
Merry
Mirthful
Moved
Optimistic
Overwhelmed
Passionate
Peaceful
Perky
Pleased
Proud
Puzzled
Quiet
Radiant
Rapturous

Refreshed
Reinvigorated
Rejuvenated
Relaxed
Relieved
Renewed
Rested
Restored
Revived
Safe
Satisfied
Secure
Serene
Shocked
Spacious
Spellbound
Startled
Still
Stimulated
Stunned
Surprised
Tender
Thankful
Thrilled
Tickled
Tranquil
Touched
Upbeat
Uplifted
Warm
Zestful

Feelings when your needs are not satisfied:

Afraid Aggravated
Agitation
Alarmed
Aloof
Angry
Anguish
Animosity
Annoyance
Anxious
Apathetic
Appalled
Apprehensive
Ashamed
Aversion
Awful
Bad
Beat
Bewildered
Bitter
Blah
Blue
Bored
Breathless
Brokenhearted
Chagrined
Cold
Concerned
Confused
Cool
Contrite
Cross
Dejected
Depressed
Despair
Despondent
Detached
Diffident
Disappointed
Disconnected
Discouraged

Disenchanted
Disgruntled
Disgusted
Disheartened
Disinterested
Dislike
Dismayed
Displeased
Disquieted
Distant
Distraught
Distressed
Disturbed
Doubtful
Downcast
Downhearted
Dread
Dull
Edgy
Embarrassed
Embittered
Enraged
Envious
Exasperated
Exhausted
Exposed
Fatigued
Fearful
Fidgety
Forlorn
Frightened
Frustrated
Furious
Gloomy
Grief
Guilty
Hate
Heavy
Helpless
Hesitant
Horrified

Horrible
Hostile
Hot
Humdrum
Hurt
Impatient
Incensed
Indifferent
Indignant
Infuriated
Inquisitive
Insecure
Intense
Irate
Irked
Irritated
Jealous
Jittery
Lazy
Lethargic
Listless
Lonely         
Mad
Mean
Melancholy
Miserable
Mopey
Morose
Nervous
Overwhelmed
Pain
Panicky
Passive
Perplexed
Pessimistic
Puzzled
Rancorous
Regretful
Reluctant
Remorseful
Repelled

Resentful
Restless
Revolted
Sad
Scared
Sensitive
Shaky
Shocked
Skeptical
Sleepy
Sorrowful
Sour
Spent
Spiritless
Startled
Surprised
Suspicious
Tense    
Terrified
Tired
Troubled
Uncertain
Uncomfortable
Uneasy
Unglued
Unhappy
Unnerved
Unsteady
Upset
Uptight
Vengeful
Vexed
Vulnerable
Weary
Withdrawn
Woeful
Worn
out
Worried

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