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What are alternatives or metaphors for the idiom of discovering a “gold mine”?

The context I am writing in is along the lines of: When we can identify and appreciate our emotions, we are able to carefully engage both emotion and cognition in the decision making process which ...
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What are some metaphors that can describe emotions as complicated / being complex?

What are some metaphors that can describe emotions as complicated / being complex? Metaphors are preferred over similies. E.g. Emotions are (metaphor).
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What word describes the attitude of “if I can't have it, nobody can”? [closed]

Is there a single English word to describe the attitude conveyed when someone destroys an object/opportunity for others simply because he/she cannot benefit from it? For example, suppose a formerly ...
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Word or phrase to describe feeling of mental clarity & contentment with things being in order or organised

I'm trying to find a word (or words) to describe that feeling of mental clarity when you know knowing things are in order. E.g. when you've got a bunch of work done that that you been meaning to do ...
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Can a “feeling” be used as a synonym for an “emotion?”

When the context is clearly about the heart (not the body in general), are "feelings" the same as "emotions?" The only use I really care about is like this: It can help you if you are aware of the ...
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Need Help Figuring Out What Word(s) Describes My Feelings [closed]

Hello & thank you for reading- My question is, what word(s) describe the following: Not/no strong(but little) feeling towards others in general but can be 'forced' to how I use to be with them....
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What word describes this (sort of bitter and exasperated) emotional state?

I'm looking for the word for the sort of bitterness and exasperation as excellently exhibited by Eric Birling of J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls: When Eric works out that Sheila has informed ...
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Proper word describing emotion for “malicious pity” [closed]

Let me give you a bit more context. Often times the word "pathetic" is used an insult. "What a horrible thing to do! He is truly a pathetic person!" The actual definition of 'pathetic' is 'arousing ...
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Where can I get a list of all emotional words ranked?

I am looking for a list of all emotional words ranked in terms of emotive / emotional value. Where can I get it? Or any site which gives a rating of a word typed. Thank you!
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Single word meaning 'funny if it weren't so sad'

'Funny if it weren't so sad' is used to describe situations which are very sad, for example because of utter incompetence in a serious situation, so sad in fact that one goes on to say it could be ...
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What's that weird feeling I sometimes get in my stomach? [closed]

I can't really explain it but it's almost like my stomach feels tickly,but in a bad way,and kinda empty.I usually get it when I'm in public places(i.e. in class or out with friends) and it's like my ...
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Word for the fear that something might not live up to your expectations [closed]

"As my big day approached, I was filled with ______ "
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Is there a word or a phrase for 'the ability to not get annoyed by someone who overly loves you'? [closed]

When someone loves me a lot, I tend to start taking them for granted, and even get annoyed but there are people who do not get irritated by this at all. Is there a word for this ability?
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What does a predator feel when spotting its prey?

Many basic and everyday emotions have an origin that is somehow comprehensible from an evolutionary perspective, i.e. regarding situations which they originally were related to and originated from: ...
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Word for a hope for something that is unlikely to happen [closed]

What is a word that can be used to describe the feeling of looking forward to something that probably will not happen? preferably one that might refer to an experiment
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What emotion is the 'Mad Scientist' showing when they say “I'll show them all!”

It's the old cliche of a mad scientist or super-villain; talking to themselves as they prepare their latest scheme they say something like, They all laughed at me...but I'LL SHOW THEM! I'LL SHOW ...
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Is this emotion envy?

I was thinking about an emotion that consits of a desire for achieving a goal which appears in a person when they observe others having achieved this same thing. examples: A friend tells me they ...
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In search of an English word/phrase that describes the feeling when one feels stress from knowing important information that others do not

A friend describes this feeling when reading his fictional tales. Key characters interact in a way that would be completely different if they knew something(s), but the only person who knows that ...
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“To be a part of something bigger than oneself” word ideas [closed]

I'm searching for a word that sums up the feeling of being a small part of a larger/cosmic interconnectedness. Not in a way that diminishes the importance of the individual, but rather one that ...
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The feeling when someone doesn't understand your meaning no matter how many different ways you explain it

There are single (albeit compound) words in some languages (including English) which describe sensations that would otherwise be cumbersome to explain more than once (e.g. petrichor, schadenfreude, ...
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That persistent feeling / memory that stays with one after a profound dream?

I feel rather bad asking this here, as I am fairly certain there is no extant word in the English language to describe this; however, since we borrow words freely from other languages, may I inquire ...
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Actually feeling words

Does anyone else experience books, like literally feel the physical pain of characters? What would you call that?
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Word for silent expression of tickled shock at someone else's outburst

Someone is very upset and making a scene. You have no sympathy. You think the whole situation is very entertaining. The sense of schadenfreude and shock at the improper outburst is strong enough that ...
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Single word for delightfully frustrated

Is there a word for that feeling when you're waiting in excitement for something to happen, but you're being teased with or denied it? It's a feeling of definite frustration but you're quite happy to ...
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Why does “I was happy to do my homework” work, but “I was tired to do my homework” doesn't?

I'm teaching ESL, and I came across a question from one of my students that I don't know how to answer. Using the form "{subject} {verb} {adjective} {infinitive phrase}" we've been going over ...
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Emoticons of Western style or Japanese style [closed]

Today I saw a lot of native English speakers using various kaomojis, emoticons of Japanese style, on YouTube! I had never seen English-speaking people using them, so I was very surprised. Do they ...
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Happy is to Smile as Sad is to…?

As the title asks, what is the best name for the expression made with the mouth when sad? To expand, frowning involves furrowing the brow, crying involves... crying. You can look sullen, you can pout ...
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The usage of “dead eyes”and “the eyes of death” [closed]

I am thinking about the difference between the usage of "dead eyes" and "the eyes of death". Can someone enlighten me.
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A flood of emotions?

What is a word to describe a flood of positive emotions when confronted with a trigger from a past experience?
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“Can I talk to you?” vs “Can we talk?” [closed]

Maybe it's just me, but "Can I talk to you?" (CITTY) feels like a situation where "you" did something wrong, and "I" want to address it. "Can we talk?" (CWT) feels more like casual conversation, or ...
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When you are sad that something ended but you were glad it happened [closed]

Like if you had a really amazing friend for 10 years but they had to leave your city and you were really sad that they had to leave but you were glad that you got to meet and experience your life with ...
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A word/phrase to express deep sadness at a friend or loved one's stupidity?

I'm looking for a way to describe the feeling you get when someone you care about is being aggressively, intractably, and willfully ignorant or stupid about something. It's something of a blend of ...
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Jealousy minus the resentment? [duplicate]

Jealousy and envy seem to have resentment tied in with them, and that's not what I'm trying to express. This is like, I want something someone else has, and I am sorry that they got it before me, but ...
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How to tell someone (in a funny way) that you are aware that you are (too) emotive while talking about an issue?

How would you tell (briefly) the person you are talking with when you are flooded with emotions —in a funny way—, that: you are aware of these sign, and you find it embarrassing you don’t take your ...
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Fear of incrimination by inaction

During the Chinese cultural revolution, students assaulted their teachers. During the French liberation, Nazi collaborators were shaved in the streets. The perpetrators are often described as being in ...
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Is it aggressive to ask “You know what you are doing, don't you?”

If someone was to ask the below style of question: You know what you are doing, don't you? Is that aggressive? Having been on the end of that question recently I know I would have preferred to ...
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Is there a way to clearly identify text meant in jest? [closed]

In written text, it can be difficult to convey the appropriate sentiment. For example, if I tell someone to "go fly a kite", I could say this with a smile and/or wink in person and they would know I'...
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What is one word for a person who is emotionally bipolar and can't hide his emotions at all?

He is sad, he bursts into tears and when happy his heart knows no bounds. He is that transparent person when it comes to emotions. An open book!! I am looking for a word for it, if it exists. Thanks
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A word evoking the feeling of being “part” of a work of fiction [duplicate]

I'm seeking a word for the experience of being intensely, vividly involved in a TV show or novel. I have a continuous event occur when I am reading or watching tv...that I'm not exactly sure how to ...
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Name of the smile when hearing an enthusiastic but naive person talks?

For example, a teenager telling you that one day, there will be no famine in the world, space exploration program funds won't have any limit, all conflicts will be reconciled, and humankind will live ...
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What's a word for a positive kind of “envy” without the sense of resentment?

Imagine your college buddy is now running a multi-billion dollar company, while you're still stuck at the same white-collar day job 5 years after graduation. You chat with him and want to express the ...
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Single word: extremely frustrated, but relieved

Is there a single word to describe that mixed feeling of relief and frustration that occurs when you find that stupid, stupid cause of a bug you spent hours searching for? It’s like being enraged and ...
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Word or expression for immediate fear of death?

I'm looking for a word or expression describing extreme fear of sudden death. This could be caused by a (real or perceived) life-threatening situation, such as acute illness, violent assault or ...
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Is there a synonym for “schadenfreude” that sounds more colloquial?

Is there a more colloquial synonym for "schadenfreude"? I'm specifically looking for a noun that denotes a pleasure derived from other people's misfortunes or sufferings. Sadly, I couldn't find any ...
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What is the appropriate word to define the state of emotion in the following scenario? [closed]

I was having dinner with my friend and all of a sudden my friend told me, "Oh my god, it is Good Friday and I am having chicken." He is Christian and he thinks it is not considered proper for a ...
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Riches-to-Rags Emotion? Is there a word for when people get accustomed to a higher quality and then have to go back to less? [closed]

Searching for a (preferably) single word or expression that describes when a person used to "better" things (in life) has to live with less. For example: if someone gets used to fine dining/wine or ...
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Feeling like something impossible or paranormal is happening

I am trying to categorise sub-genres of Horror. For example I have "suspense", "gore", &c. Now I feel like one genre consists of producing an emotion that I cannot put a word to. Feeling like ...