100+ Meaningful Emotion Words

In our series "Fighting Fair: Disagreeing without Destroying," we said that anger is a secondary emotion and there is always a primary emotion below it. One of the best ways to talk about your anger is to identify the primary emotion beneath your anger. To help you do that, we've composed a list of over 100 meaningful emotion words divided into major relational categories. Use this list to name your emotions and you can begin to see anger as a gift to your relationship instead of a curse.

 

DIGNITY &
SELF WORTH

Ashamed
Beaten Down
Criticized
Cut Down
Dehumanized
Diminished
Disrespected
Embarrassed
Humiliated
Inferior
Insulted
Invalidated
Labeled
Lectured To
Mocked
Offended
Put Down
Resentful
Ridiculed
Shamed
Stereotyped
Stupid
Teased
Underestimated
Untrusted
Useless
Worthless

FREEDOM &
CONTROL

Bossed Around
Controlled
Deprived
Diminished
Dominated
Forced
Imposed Upon
Imprisoned
Inhibited
Invaded
Manipulated
Obligated
Over-Controlled
Over-Ruled
Powerless
Pressured
Restricted
Suffocated
Trapped

 

LOVE &
IMPORTANCE

Abandoned
Alone
Brushed Off
Confused
Disappointed
Disapproved Of
Discouraged
Excluded
Ignored
Insignificant
Invisible
Jealous
Left Out
Lonely
Misunderstood
Neglected
Rejected
Shut Out
Uncared For
Unheard
Unimportant
Uninformed
Unknown
Unloved
Unsupported
Unwanted

JUSTICE &
TRUTH

Accused
Betrayed
Blamed
Cheated
Clueless
Condemned
Disbelieved
Hopeless
Insulted
Interrogated
Judged
Lied About
Lied To
Maligned
Misjudged
Misled
Punished
Robbed
 

SAFETY &
SECURITY

Abused
Afraid
Attacked
Defenseless
Defensive
Fearful
Frightened
Helpless
Insecure
Intimidated
Over-Protected
Scared
Terrified
Threatened
Uncertain
Under-Protected
Unsafe
Unsure
Violated
Vulnerable
Worried