I spent some time with a dictionary and a thesaurus gathering words that represent in English a variety of emotions and feelings, and I put those words in column categories that seemed similar and divided them into strong, medium, and light. Emotions aren’t all bad, you know.
Happiness — Caring — Depression — Inadequacy — Fear — Confusion — Hurt — Anger — Loneliness — Remorse
Of course I cannot list every word, but I hoped I could generate a comparably sized set in each category, so people in the helping professions, especially teachers of very young children, would be able to glance at a chart on the wall to scan for a word that might match what a child is feeling at the moment. I had four copies up in different places in the classroom. I used them frequently.
Mad Sad Angry
What do you do when you are bewildered or lonely or any of the other 480 words on this list?
There isn’t an action—only attentiveness. To me that proves that angry, sad, and mad ought to remain unused.
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