By Lawrence Kaufman, Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)        561-302-0568
7301 W Palmetto Park Road, Suite 201A, Boca Raton FL 33433-3456
contact@kaufmancounseling.com         www.kaufmancounseling.com

 

(Note: This list and the following lists in this series of words will be revised several times each year. So, you may want to bookmark this page for future reference.)

 

Introduction:

Below are some of the most commonly used words (and phrases [not just a single word]) that my clients have used to express (or begin to express) their feelings, and to describe the feelings that they view others as having. This list can be used to help people in counseling and psychotherapy (and those who are not) more accurately and skillfully identify and name/ label their feelings (or words closely related to feelings), and to clearly, verbally communicate and express their inner feelings, experiences, and perceptions, to others they are close to.


You can add additional feeling related words to this list as you become aware of them in your daily life. You can also delete words from this list and then add them to another list in this series. For example, you can switch the word “abandoned” from the Level 1 list to the Level 2 list. You can also switch a word from the Level 2 list to the Level 1 list if you find this better matches your unique experience.


In addition, you can conveniently and easily print out these entire lists and email them (if you choose) to any email address you would like to send them to. (Just click on the “Print This” icon at the end of each list.) I wish you well in your lifelong journey towards beneficially increasing your emotional skill level and literacy! Your feedback on these lists is most welcome.

         

List of commonly used words that express feelings (directly or indirectly)

(This is the first list in a series of five increasingly challenging vocabulary lists.)

Updated on 3/13/20

A
abandoned able abnormal abused accepted
accused active addicted adequate admired
affectionate afraid aggressive alert alive
alone amazed ambitious amused angry
annoyed anxious appreciated appropriate artificial
ashamed assertive astonished at peace attacked
attracted to attractive authentic avoided awake
awful awkward

B
badbashfulbatteredbeatbeaten up
beautiful betrayed better biased blamed
blind bored bothered brave brilliant
brokenbullied burned out

C
calmcalmed downcapablecared aboutcared for
carefulcarelesscaringcaughtcautious
certainchallengedcheatedcheerfulclean
clevercloseclumsycoldcomfortable
committed competent competitive compulsive concerned
confident confused contaminated content controlled
controlling convinced cooperative courageous courteous
cozy crazy creative crippled critical
criticized crowded cruel curious cute

D
damageddangerousdeaddeceiveddedicated
defeateddelicatedelighteddemandingdependable
dependentdepresseddepriveddesperatedestroyed
destructive different difficult dirty disabled
disappointed disapproved of discouraged discriminated against disgusted
disgusting dishonest disliked disobedient disorganized
disrespected disrespectful dissatisfied distant distorted
distracted distressed distrustful disturbed dizzy
doing okay down down in the dumps drained dread
dropped drunk dull dumb

E
eagereasygoingeffectiveefficientembarrassed
emotionalemptyencouragedenergeticenthusiastic
envious equal evil exasperated excellent
excited exhausted exploited exploited extraordinary

F
fabulousfairfakefalling apartfalse
falsely accusedfantasticfascinatedfatfatigued
fearful fed up fine fit flattered
flexible fooled foolish forced forgetful
forgiven forgiving fortunate fragile frantic
freaked out free friendly frightened frustrated
full funny furious

G
ganged up ongenerousgentlegivingglad
goodgorgeousgratefulgreatgreedy
griefguilty

H
handsomehappyharshhatehated
healed healthy heard heavy helped
helpful helpless high honest hopeful
hopeless horrible horror hostile hot
humiliated hung over hungry hurt

I
idioticignorantignoredillimpatient
impressedin controlin paininadequateinappropriate
incapableincompetentinconsistentindependentineffective
inferiorinfuriatedinjuredinnocentinsane
insecureinsensitiveinsufficientinsultedintelligent
intenseinterestedinterruptedintolerantintoxicated
invadedinvisibleirrationalirresponsibleirritated
isolated

J
jealous

K
kind

L
laughed atlazylegitimatelet downlied to
likablelikeablelikedlittlelively
lonelylostloudlousyloved
lovinglowloyallucky

M
madmade fun of magnificentmanipulatedmarvelous
maturemeanmessed upmiserablemisinterpreted
misledmistreatedmistrustfulmisunderstoodmixed up
motivated

N
naggednastynaughtyneededneedy
negativeneglectednervousnicenormal
not myselfnothingnumbnuts

O
obedientobligated obnoxious odd offended
okay old open opposed ordered around
ordinary organized out of control out of place outgoing
outstanding over-loaded oversensitive overwhelmed overworked

P
panickedpanickypatientpeacefulperfect
phonypicked on pissedpissed offplayful
pleasantpleasedpleasurablepleasurepoisoned
poorpopularpositivepowerfulpowerless
preciouspredictableprejudicedpreparedpressured
pretty productive protected proud provoked
punished pushed pushed away pushy put down
puzzled

Q
quickquiet

R
ragerapedrawrealreasonable
reassured refreshed regretful rejected relaxed
reliable relieved reluctant rescued resented
resentful respected respectful responsible rested
restless retaliated against rich ridiculous right
rigid rotten rubbed the wrong way rude run down
rushed

S
sabotagedsacrificed sad safesane
satisfiedsavedscared screwed up secure
self-destructive selfish sensitive serious sexy
shaken shaken up shame sharp shocked
shouted at shy sick silly sincere
sinfulskilled skillful sleepyslow
smartsneakysober soresorry
specialspoiledspontaneousstable starved
starving stillstingy strangestressed
stressed out strong stubborn stuckstuffed
stupid successful suffering supersuperior
supported supportive sure surprised suspicious
sweet swell sympathetic

T
taken advantaged oftalked down toteasedtemptedtender
tenseterribleterrificterrifiedterror
thirstythreatenedthrilledtighttired
toleranttoleratedtorntoughtrapped
tremendoustrickedtrustedtrustingturned on

U
uglyunafraidunappreciatedunattractiveuncared about
uncared foruncertianunclearuncomfortableunconcerned
undecidedunder pressureunderstandingunderstoodundeserving
undesirableuneasyunhappyunhearduninterested
unlovedunpredictableunreliableunseenunstable
unsupportedunsureunwantedupupset
uptightusedusefuluseless

V
valuablevaluedvicousviolent vulnerable

W
wantedwarmwatchedweakweird
welcomewelcomedwellwell-restedwicked
wide awake wise wonderful worn out worried
worthless worthwhile worthy wounded

 

By Lawrence Kaufman, Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)       561-302-0568
7301 W Palmetto Park Road, Suite 201A, Boca Raton FL 33433-3456
contact@kaufmancounseling.com          www.kaufmancounseling.com

 

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