12 Emotions We Feel But Can’t Explain


8. Chrysalism:

The warm feeling, the sense of peace and tranquility you have when you sit inside during a rainstorm, is best described by this term. This is linked to being in the womb, when you were safe and sound.

9. Exulansis:

This is the frustration you experience when you want to explain an important experience to someone, but other people are unable to understand or relate to it, so you give up talking about it. It’s kind of when people don’t “get” you.

10. Fugue state:

This is a psychological condition in which the person moves about and speaks but without conscious awareness. Fugue state can be alcohol or drug induced where an individual has no memory of their actions. Case in point: The Hangover movies!

11. Sonder:

Have you ever walked down the street and just looking at people? And suddenly you feel that every passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.

12. Monapchosis:

This is the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

Some of the terms above have been studied by psychologists but some have not. Graphic designer John Koenig has been filling up the gap between feelings and words since 2009 in his site The Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows. He says “Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language — to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for. Each word actually means something etymologically, having been built from one of a dozen languages or renovated jargon.”

Watch this video to know more:

Source: YouTube / The Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows

Sources: Psychology Today, iheartintelligence.com, Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, Encyclopedia Britannica






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