Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Unease

  • Crossing and uncrossing the arms or legs
  • Drawing one's mouth into a straight line and biting one's lip
  • Excessive swallowing
  • Clearing the throat
  • Chills
  • Pushing food around on a plate
  • Trying to remain unnoticed (slumping in chair, edging toward an exit)
  • Pretending to be unaware of shouting, an argument, or an uncomfortable event
  • Turning slowly, unwillingly
  • Stilted dialogue
  • Choosing a safe spot to wait (back to the wall or corner)
  • Consciously forcing one's limbs to relax
  • Pacing
  • Nervous laughter
  • Nervous habits (picking off nail polish, humming under the breath)
  • Warm, sweaty hands


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1 comment:

Coralyn Jade said...

This is so helpful for my main character with OCD. :) Thanks so much for posting this.

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