Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Impatience

· Clicking one's fingernails against a table
· Narrowing eyes, a look of intense focus that can be mistaken for anger
· A sharp tone, using as few words as possible to answer
· Attention that snaps toward small sounds or movement
· Complaining to others or mumbling under one's breath: "Where is he?" or "What is taking so long?"
· Fussing with one's appearance (brushing lint from a sleeve, applying lip gloss)
· Feeling exhausted or strained to the limits
· Whining, grumbling, or pouting (small children)
· Changing places to wait (crossing a room, going from sitting to standing, choosing a different chair)
· Muttering, shaking the head, talking to oneself
· Tilting the head to the ceiling and letting out a heavy sigh
· Uncrossing and recrossing one's legs
· Veiled anger or light sarcasm

Both Annoyance and Frustration are by-products of impatience, and can exhibit similar actions when expressing this emotion. If you need more ideas, be sure to check them out!

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Amy said...

I can't tell you guys how much I love this site. Your Emotion Thesaurus is fantastic (I know, I stop in to gush every once in a while.... you need to hear it, this stuff is GREAT!)


Angela said...

This post made me think about cultural differences in displaying emotions.

Your posts always leave me thinking!

PJ Hoover said...

I LOVE your emotion thesaurus! It's the best thing I've seen like ever!

C.R. Evers said...

yet, another great list. I sat here trying to think of things and then see if it was on your list. I couldn't think of a single thing that you don't already have! :0)

WordWrangler said...

most informative and make-you-think-post... AS USUAL. You gals ROCK. :)

Becca said...

It's so great to get good feedback. Glad the entries are helping.

Natalie Hatch said...

Angela can you do one on Jealousy, that'd be just what I need to finish off this manuscript. Thanks.


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