15 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain

words you've always needed for emotions you've felt but couldn't explain . . .
n. the inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like — as if all your social tastebuds suddenly went numb, leaving you unable to distinguish cheap politeness from the taste of genuine affection, unable to recognize its rich and ambiguous flavors, its long and delicate maturation, or the simple fact that each tasting is double-blind.
n. the habit of forgetting how important someone is to you until you see them again in person, making you wish your day would begin with a “previously on” recap of your life’s various plot arcs, and end with “to be continued . . .” after those will-they-won’t-they cliffhanger episodes that air just before the show goes back into months of repeats.
n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it — whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness — which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.
Nodus Tollens
n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore — that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre—which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.
n. the desire to care less about things — to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone — rather to hold your life loosely and playfully, like a volleyball, keeping it in the air, with only quick fleeting interventions, bouncing freely in the hands of trusted friends, always in play.
n. the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time — filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.
n. frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone — spending the first few weeks chatting in their psychological entryway, with each subsequent conversation like entering a different anteroom, each a little closer to the center of the house — wishing instead that you could start there and work your way out, exchanging your deepest secrets first, before easing into casualness, until you’ve built up enough mystery over the years to ask them where they’re from, and what they do for a living.
n. a moment of awareness that someone you’ve known for years still has a private and mysterious inner life, and somewhere in the hallways of their personality is a door locked from the inside, a stairway leading to a wing of the house that you’ve never fully explored — an unfinished attic that will remain maddeningly unknowable to you, because ultimately neither of you has a map, or a master key, or any way of knowing exactly where you stand.
Mal De Coucou
n. a phenomenon in which you have an active social life but very few close friends — people who you can trust, who you can be yourself with, who can help flush out the weird psychological toxins that tend to accumulate over time — which is a form of acute social malnutrition in which even if you devour an entire buffet of chitchat, you’ll still feel pangs of hunger.
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own — populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness — an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
n. the moment you realize that you’re currently happy — consciously trying to savor the feeling — which prompts your intellect to identify it, pick it apart and put it in context, where it will slowly dissolve until it’s little more than an aftertaste.
n. a relationship or friendship that you can’t get out of your head, which you thought had faded long ago but is still somehow alive and unfinished, like an abandoned campsite whose smoldering embers still have the power to start a forest fire.
n. the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers — a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod, a shared laugh about some odd coincidence — moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone.
The Bends
n. frustration that you’re not enjoying an experience as much as you should, even something you’ve worked for years to attain, which prompts you to plug in various thought combinations to try for anything more than static emotional blankness, as if your heart had been accidentally demagnetized by a surge of expectations.
n. the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist — the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same curve of a hip, the same closeup of an eye — which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.

source: dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com


Pam Scalfi said...

i had no idea! all so very cool
Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

Chelsea Davis said...

What a fabulous post! I had no idea about some of these words. Gnossienne, I have a friend that is like that - it is sad but to each there own.

XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

Beauty Unearthly said...

Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

Anonymous said...

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Harija said...

Love your post, great content! Thanks for the support and thoughtful words on my recent post, I deeply appreciate it!! Have a great weekend!!


Marisa Raquel Fonseca said...

Of course I don´t know any of these words but I loved to read the description! xo

Ev said...

Great post :)


De. said...

So great dear kiss


Valentina Pink said...

very nice post :)
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Annie L said...

Great words - I hadn't heard of most of them! Liberosis is so me right now.
xo Annie
New England Romance

Zilma da Silva said...

Heartworm is never really forgotten.
excellent post


Carmen Cotugno said...

so great post!

Christina Lau said...

Wow, there really is a word for everything. Thank you so much for sharing!


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Sarah Modeee said...


Just perfect ! :D

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Adriana Leandro said...

Great post. Kisses!


Launna said...

Interesting words with meanings xox

Stephanie said...

Awesome pictures! So beautiful!!
Your pictures made my day :)

Thanks for always visiting my blog and left me a lovely comment! Really appreciated!

Steph x

Rachel-Beth said...

LOVE this post! I quite often feel 'sonder'

Rachel xx

Piña de Lys said...

Precioso post y preciosas fotos querida!
besos de susana de piñadelys

Inma Aurora said...

pero que maravilla la primera foto

LyS Hdez said...

Very nice post!

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Tijana J. Dominguez said...

And I've learned something new :)


Imke Db said...

Most definitely learned some new words thanks to this amazing and interesting post! Thank you for sharing this!
XO IMKE | Pastellics

Dalena Daily said...

great terms. i can identify with part of them ; )


Nemi said...

Very good blog and interesting post! Have a nice day!

Оксана Золотухина said...

Great post dear...lovely pics..:-)
Have a fun-filled weekend.


zywia1 said...

it's funny :) these words are great :D

Beckerman Girls said...

FANTASTIC pic!!! Just LOVVVE it! SOOO spectacular!
xoThe Beckerman Girls


Miriam Pérez said...

Great picture!


Filippa Bernhardsson said...

Oh wow, this is amazing, of course never heard any of these words before... heartworm - sounds so beautiful (not sure that's what I think about the actual feeling, but the word).. xx

Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

Gail J said...

I feel you!

sonia de macedo said...

What an awesome post! I am determined to use some of these throughout the week!


Fresh Is Yummy said...

This post is perfection! More posts like this!

Sarah Laird said...

Sure I've experienced many of these emotions and I'm now just wishing I could pronounce half of the titles here! Fab post idea! x

Viva Epernay

My Stylish Corner said...

Amazing post dear! I love it,it is amazing that there are words for those kind of feelings that you just experience sometimes and can't explain even if you are using more words :)


Mia Marie said...

Wow definitely so true, thank you for sharing, enhancing our vocabulary is always a good idea

Tiziana B. said...

very interesting for my learning english!

The Nerdy Me said...

Some of these are quite a mouthful! I knew some of them, but I had no idea there are so many words to explain so many feelings! :)

-Leta | The Nerdy Me

Lili Vu said...

Interesting terms. Though when I read the word Heartworm, I automatically thought of my dog, haha. Great post!

Johanna said...

I loved this, so cool!!
Have a nice day doll,

♥ Johanna,

Lenya said...

Great post! Thx for sharing.

Valentina Pink said...

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Im in love with the photography here and the wordings are phenomenon.will definitely bookmark this for all time inspirations.Great work.

Sakura Beauty said...

I love your post. So great!
Thank you for your post!