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Emotions list

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) is widely recognised as a key factor for leadership effectiveness. Having a rich “emotions” vocabulary is a great way to build your EQ. The emotions list below captures some of the most common words used in English for pleasant and unpleasant emotions.

  • Are there emotions on these lists that you haven’t heard of? If you don’t have a label for it, you won’t fully experience it! Get familiar with the terms, and you’ll find that your understanding of your own emotions, as well as emotions of others, will expand.
  • Are there emotions that aren’t listed here? Let me know by email and I’ll look at adding them in.

These lists were last updated 25th August 2021, and contain 1,001 emotion words.

Lists of emotion words

Pleasant emotions

Abundant
Acceptance
Acclaimed
Accommodating
Accomplished
Accountable
Active
Adaptable
Adequate
Admiration
Adorable
Adventurism
Affection
Agreeable
Alive
Allegiance
Alluring
Altruism
Amazed
Amiable
Amusement
Animated
Anticipation
Appealing
Appetite
Appreciated
Appreciative
Approachable
Approving
Aroused
Assurance
Astonished
Astounded
At Ease
Attentive
Attracted
Attractive
Attuned
Authentic
Aware
Awe
Awesome
Awestruck
Beaming
Blessed
Blissful
Bold
Bouncing
Brave
Breathtaken
Bubbly
Budding
Buoyant
Capable
Captivated
Carefree
Caring
Centered
Certain
Charismatic
Charity
Charming
Cheerful
Cleverness
Collected
Comfortable
Comical
Committed
Compassionate
Compelling
Complete
Composed
Concentrated
Confident
Connected
Considerate
Consistent
Contemplative
Contentment
Cool
Cooperative
Courageous
Courteous
Craving
Creative
Curious
Daring
Decent
Decisive
Dedicated
Delighted
Dependable
Desirable
Desire
Determined
Devoted
Dignified
Diligent
Discerning
Disciplined
Driven
Dutiful
Dynamic
Eager
Easy-going
Ecstatic
Edified
Educated
Efficient
Elated
Elevated
Emancipated
Empathetic
Empathy
Empowered
Encouraged
Endurance
Energetic
Energised
Engaging
Enhanced
Enlightened
Enraptured
Entertaining
Enthusiasm
Enthusiastic
Enticing
Entitled
Entranced
Equal
Equipped
Euphoric
Evolving
Exceptional
Excited
Exhilarated
Expressive
Exuberant
Exultant
Fairness
Faith
Faithful
Fascinated
Favored
Fearless
Festive
Fitting
Focused
Forgiveness
Forgiving
Fortified
Fortitude
Fortunate
Free
Freedom
Friendly
Fulfilment
Fun-loving
Funny
Generous
Gentle
Genuine
Glad
Gleeful
Glorious
Goodwill
Graceful
Grateful
Grit
Grounded
Guarded
Happiness
Happy
Harmonious
Healed
Healthy
Helpful
Heroic
High
Hilarious
Honest
Honourable
Honoured
Hopeful
Hospitable
Humble
Humorous
Idealistic
Important
Independent
Indispensable
Industrious
Infatuated
Ingenuious
Inquisitive
Insightful
Insistence
Inspired
Intentional
Interest
Interested
Introspective
Inviting
Involved
Jaunty
Jolly
Jovial
Joyful
Jubilation
Kind
Liberated
Light-hearted
Likable
Lively
Love
Loved
Loyal
Lucky
Magnanimity
Masterful
Meditative
Merciful
Merriment
Mesmerised
Methodical
Mindful
Mirthful
Modest
Moral
Motivated
Moved
Needed
Noble
Non-judgemental
Nostalgic
Obliging
Observant
Open
Open-minded
Optimistic
Overflowing
Overjoyed
Passionate
Patience
Peaceful
Pensiveness
Perceptive
Perseverance
Persistence
Playful
Pleased
Pleasurable
Polite
Positive
Powerful
Praising
Prepared
Present
Pride
Privileged
Progressive
Prosperous
Protected
Proud
Prudent
Punctual
Purified
Purpose-driven
Purposeful
Qualified
Rapturous
Reactive
Ready
Rebellious
Receptive
Redeemed
Reflective
Regenerated
Rejoicing
Relaxed
Reliability
Relief
Relieved
Remembered
Reprieved
Resiliency
Resolute
Resolve
Resourceful
Respectful
Respite
Rest
Rested
Restless
Restraint
Revelation
Reverence
Revitalised
Rewarded
Rewarding
Romantic
Rooted
Safe
Sanctified
Satiable
Satisfied
Secure
Security
Self-reliant
Sensibility
Sensual
Sentimental
Serene
Settled
Sheltered
Sincerity
Smiling
Smitten
Spellbound
Spirited
Splendid
spontaneous
Stable
Steadfast
Steadfastness
Still
Stimulated
Stirred
Strong
Successful
Sufficient
Suitable
Supported
Supportive
Surprise
Sweetness
Sympathetic
Tactful
Tantalising
Teachable
Teeming
Temperate
Tenacity
Terrific
Thankful
Thoughtful
Thrilled
Thriving
Tolerant
Touched
Tough
Tranquil
Triumph
Triumphant
Trust
Trusting
Trustworthiness
Truthful
Uncomfortable
Understanding
Understood
Unfailing
Unfazed
Unhurried
Unique
United
Unity
Unperturbed
Untroubled
Unwavering
Upbeat
Upheld
Uplifted
Valued
Versatile
Vibrant
Victorious
Vigorous
Visionary
Vivacity
Wanderlust
Wanted
Warmth
Wealthy
Welcome
Welcoming
Well-meaning
Whole
Willing
Willpower
Wishful
Witty
Worship
Worthy
Zeal
Zen

Unpleasant emotions

Abandoned
Abnormal
Abominable
Abused
Accused
Aching
Adrift
Afflicted
Afraid
Aggravated
Aggressive
Agitated
Agitation
Agonised
Agony
Alarm
Alarmed
Alienated
Alienation
Alone
Aloof
Ambivalent
Anger
Angry
Anguish
Anguished
Animosity
Annoyance
Annoyed
Antagonistic
Anxious
Apathetic
Apathy
Appalled
Apprehension
Apprehensive
Argumentative
Arrogant
Ashamed
At Fault
Attacked
Aversion
Avoiding
Awful
Awkward
Bad
Baffled
Banished
Barren
Bashful
Beaten Down
Befuddled
Belittled
Belligerent
Bereft
Betrayed
Bewildered
Bitter
Blaming
Bleak
Blocked
Blue
Boastful
Boiling
Bored
Boredom
Brokenhearted
Brooding
Bugged
Burdened
Burned Up
Captive
Careless
Cast Off
Censured
Chagrined
Chaotic
Chastened
Cheap
Cheapened
Cheated
Childish
Claustrophobic
Clingy
Clumsy
Coercive
Cold
Competitive
Complaining
Compromised
Compulsive
Conceited
Condemned
Confined
Conflicted
Confounded
Confused
Confusion
Contempt
Contemptible
Contentious
Contradictory
Contrary
Controlled
Covetous
Cowardly
Cranky
Crappy
Crazy
Crippled
Critical
Criticised
Cross
Cruel
Crushed
Cursed
Cut Off
Cynical
Dazed
Debased
Deceitful
Deceived
Defamed
Defeated
Defensive
Defiant
Deficient
Defiled
Deflated
Degenerate
Degraded
Dejected
Demanding
Demeaned
Demoralised
Dependent
Depraved
Depreciated
Depressed
Deprived
Derided
Desecrated
Deserted
Desolate
Despair
Desperate
Despicable
Destitute
Destroyed
Detestable
Devalued
Devastated
Difficult
Diminished
Disappointed
Discarded
Discombobulated
Discomfort
Disconcerted
Discontentment
Discouraged
Discredited
Disgraced
Disgruntled
Disgust
Disgusted
Disgusting
Disheartened
Disillusioned
Disinterested
Dislike
Dismal
Dismay
Dismayed
Disorganised
Disoriented
Disparaged
Dispirited
Displeasure
Dissatisfied
Distant
Distorted
Distress
Distressed
Distrustful
Disturbed
Dominated
Doomed
Doubtful
Down
Downcast
Drained
Dread
Dreary
Dull
Dumbstruck
Embarrassed
Embarrassment
Embroiled
Empty
Ennui
Enraged
Envious
Envy
Estranged
Evil
Exasperated
Excluded
Exhausted
Exiled
Exploited
Exposed
Failure
Faithless
Fatigued
Fear
Fearful
Feeble
Filthy
Finished
Flighty
Flustered
Foggy
Forced
Forgetful
Forgotten
Forlorn
Forsaken
Fragmented
Frantic
Fretful
Friendless
Fright
Frightened
Frigid
Frustrated
Fuming
Furious
Fury
Gloomy
Glumness
Greed
grief
Grieved
Grim
Grouchiness
Grouchy
Grumpiness
Guilt
Guilty
Gullible
Harassed
Hardened
Harsh
Hasty
Hate
Hateful
Hatred
Haughty
Haunted
Heartbroken
Heartless
Helpless
Hesitant
Hindered
Homesickness
Hopeless
Horrible
Horrified
Hostile
Humiliated
Humiliation
Hurried
Hurt
Hypocritical
Hysteria
Hysterical
Ignorant
Immature
Immobilised
Impaired
Impatient
Impotent
Impoverished
Imprisoned
Impulsive
In a Bind
Inadequate
Incapable
Incensed
Incompetent
Inconsiderate
Inconsistent
Indecisive
Indifference
Indifferent
Indignant
Ineffective
Inefficient
Inept
inferior
Inflamed
Inflexible
Infuriated
Inhibited
Injured
Insecure
Insecurity
Insensitive
Insignificant
Insincere
Insulted
Insulting
Intimidated
Irresponsible
Irritable
Irritated
Isolated
Jealous
Jealousy
Jittery
Joyless
Judgmental
Jumpy
Lacking
Lame
Lazy
Left Out
Let Down
Liar
Lifeless
Limited
Listless
Livid
Loathing
Lonely
Lonesome
Longing
Loopy
Lost
Lousy
Low
Mad
Malicious
Maligned
Manipulated
Manipulative
Materialistic
Mean
Melancholy
Menaced
Minimised
Miserable
Miserliness
Miserly
Misgiving
Mistreated
Misunderstood
Misused
Mixed Up
Mixedup
Mocked
Moody
Mortified
Mournful
Muddled
Naive
Narrow
Nasty
Nauseated
Negated
Negative
Neglected
Nervous
Neutral
Nonchalant
Numb
Objected
Obnoxious
Obsessed
Obstinate
Obstructed
Obstructed
Offended
Offensive
On Edge
Opiniated
Opposed
Oppositional
Oppressed
Outcase
Outrage
Outraged
Overlooked
Overwhelmed
Overworked
Pained
Panic
Panicked
Panicky
Paralysed
Paranoid
Pathetic
Peculiar
Pensiveness
Perfectionistic
Perplexed
Persecuted
Perturbed
Pessimism
Pessimistic
Phobic
Phony
Pitiful
Pity
Possessive
Powerless
Prejudiced
Preoccupied
Pressured
Provoked
Punished
Puny
Pushed
Put Down
Puzzled
Quaking
Questioned
Rage
Rattled
Rebellious
Regret
Regretful
Rejected
Reluctant
Remorseful
Remote
Reproved
Repugnant
Repulsive
Resentful
Resentment
Reserved
Resignation
Resistant
Responsible
Restless
Restlessness
Restrained
Restricted
Revulsion
Ridiculed
Risky
Rotten
Ruined
Rushed
Ruthless
Sad
Sadness
Sarcastic
Scared
Scattered
Sceptical
Scoffed At
Scorn
Scorned
Seething
Self-conscious
Self-critical
Self-loathing
Self-pity
Shaky
Shallow
Shame
Shameful
Shock
Shocked
Shot Down
Shunned
Shy
Sick
Sinful
Skeptical
Slammed
Slandered
Slighted
Slow
Small
Smothered
Smug
Sore
Sorrow
Sorrowful
Spite
Spiteful
Stagnant
Stifled
Stingy
Stress
Stressed
Stubborn
Stuck
Stumped
Stupefied
Stupid
Submissive
Suffering
Suicidal
Sulky
Sullen
Superficial
Superior
Surprise
Suspicious
Tactless
Tearful
Temperamental
Tense
Tension
Terrible
Terrified
Terror
Thoughtless
Threatened
Thwarted
Timid
Tired
Torment
Tormented
Tortured
Tragic
Trapped
Troubled
Turned Off
Unable
Unappreciated
Unbelieving
Uncertain
Uncertainty
Uncomfortable
Unconnected
Undecided
Undermined
Undesirable
Undisciplined
Uneasiness
Uneasy
Unforgivable
Unforgiving
Unfriendly
Unhappy
Unimportant
Unloved
Unmindful
Unnerved
Unorganised
Unpleasant
Unprotected
Unreasonable
Unsettled
Unsure
Unthankful
Unwanted
Unwise
Unworthy
Upset
Uptight
Used
Useless
Vengeful
Vexed
Vicious
Victimised
Vigilance
Vigilant
Vindictive
Violated
Violent
Vulnerable
Wary
Washed Up
Wasted
Weak
Weary
Weepy
Withdrawn
Woe
Woeful
WorkedUp
Worried
Worry
Worthless
Wounded
Wrath
Wrong
Wronged
Yearning

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