Emotions Used in Drama

Here is a list of over 400 emotions and emotional states relevant to the study of drama and theatre.

Emotions are a critical part of most actor training programs and character creation.

Emotions in this post can be used in exercises and activities for drama class.

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abandoneddisillusionedlovesick
abasheddismallow
abominabledismayedloyal
abruptdisorientedlucky
absorbeddispiritedmad
acceptingdispleasedmanic
achingdisrespectfulmanipulative
adequatedisruptedmean
admirationdissatisfiedmeditative
adorationdistantmelancholic
affecteddistractedmellow
affectionatedistraughtmenaced
afflicteddistressedmenacing
affronteddistrustfulmerry
afraiddisturbedmiserable
aggravateddoubtfulmiserable
aggressivedownheartedmoody
agitateddowntroddenmorbid
alarmeddrainedmotivated
alertdreadfulmournful
alienateddrearyneeded
alonedullneedy
amazeddynamicnegative
ambitiouseagerneglectful
amusedearnestnervous
angryeasynervous
anguishedecstaticobsessive
animatededgyoffended
annoyedelatedoffensive
antagonisticembarrassedoptimistic
anxiousempathicoutraged
apatheticempoweredoverbearing
appalledemptyoverconfident
appreciativeencouragedoverjoyed
apprehensiveenergeticoverwhelmed
approvingenragedpacified
ardententhralledpanicky
argumentativeenthusiasticparanoid
arousedenviouspassionate
arroganteuphoricpathetic
ashamedexasperatedpeaceful
assuredexcellentpensive
astonishedexcitedperplexed
astoundedexhaustedperturbed
attachedexhilaratedpessimistic
attackedexuberantpessimistic
attractedfantasticpetrified
authenticfatiguedplayful
authoritativefearfulpleased
aversivefestivepowerless
awarefineprotective
awedflatproud
awkwardflusteredregretful
badfoolishrejected
balancedforlornrejuvenated
beamingfragilerelaxed
belittledfrazzledremorseful
belligerentfreeresentful
betrayedfriendlyreserved
bewilderedfrightenedrested
bitterfriskyrestless
bleakfrustratedreticent
blessedfulfilledrevengeful
blissfulfuriousrude
bluntgenuinesad
boastfulgiddysadistic
boilinggladsafe
boldgleefulsatisfied
boredgloomyscared
bossyglorioussceptical
bountifulglowingsecure
braveglumselfish
breathlessgoofysensational
brightgracefulsensitive
brutalgratefulserene
bubblygratifiedshaky
burdenedgreatsharp
calmgreedysheepish
capablegriefshocked
carefreegrief-strickensincere
cautiousgrouchysolemn
certaingroundedsombre
cheerfulgrumpysorrowful
cleverguardedsorry
cockyguiltyspirited
coldhappyspontaneous
combativehatefulstable
comfortablehealthystartled
comfortedheartbrokenstressed
compassionatehelpfulstrong
compulsivehelplesssuperior
concernedhesitantsupported
condescendinghomesicksure
confidenthonestsure
confoundedhonoredsurprised
confusedhopefulsympathetic
conscientioushopelesssympathy
consideratehorrifiedtearful
constructivehostiletemperamental
contemplativehumbletenacious
contempthumbledtender
contenthumiliatedtense
controllinghurttense
cooperativehurtfulterrible
courageousimpatientterrified
cowardlyimportantthreatened
crabbyimpulsivethrilled
craftyincensedtired
crankyincompetenttormented
cravinginconsolabletouched
crazyindecisivetouchy
creativeindifferenttranquil
criticalindignanttrapped
crossinepttrembling
cruelinferiortroubled
crushedinflameduncertainty
curiousinfuriateduncomfortable
daringinsecureuneasiness
deceivedinspiredunhappy
defensiveintimidatedunnerved
degradedintolerantunsettled
dejectedintriguedunsure
delightedinvadedupbeat
deliriousirateuplifted
demandingirritatedupset
depressedisolateduptight
deprivedjadedvengeful
desolatejealousvibrant
despairjovialvicious
desperatejoyfulvilified
despondentjoyousviolated
detachedjubilantvulnerable
determinedjudgementalwarm
devastatedlazywary
devotedliberatedweepy
disappointedlifelesswistful
disconcertedlight-heartedwithdrawn
discouragedlistlesswonderful
disempoweredlivelyworried
disgracedlonelyworthless
disgustedlostworthwhile
disheartenedlovedwronged
dishonest

Not sure of the meaning of a word on the list? Look it up in the dictionary.

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2 Responses

  1. Lulzim Guhelli says:

    This list can be useful just as a general information about emotions in a early stage of acting studies… this list has to be classified and each of these emotions has to be decomposed into the emotion seeds in order to find out:
    1) how does those emotions works,
    2) where they come from,
    3) how can those emotions be combined, etc
    After all these procedures comes: “how can actor find or identify those emotions in his soul” and use same ones to build a realistic character upon his/hers method of acting craft.

  2. arpana gupta says:

    excellent

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