Nothing inspires an emotional response like the news (whether fake or not). Join me in exploring the nuances of words that might pertain to your feelings.
On the not-so-positive side, you might be feeling:
appalled – terror or dismay at a shocking but apparently unalterable situation
daunted – disheartened or intimidated
dismayed – fear or discouragement at the prospect of some difficulty or problem which one doesn’t know how to resolve
horrified -- horror, loathing or irritation at that which shocks or offends one
enervated – a loss of force, vigor, or energy
debilitated – temporarily weakened
undermined or sapped – weakened or impaired by subtle, gradual, or stealthy means
Or perhaps you're feeling a call to action, a welling of energy. If so, you might be feeling:
exhilarated – an enlivened elevating of the spirits
stimulated – roused from inertia, inactivity or lethargy
invigorated – filled with vigor or energy in a physical sense
vitalized – invigorated or animated in a non-physical sense
quickened – roused to action
Most of us are a hodge-podge of all these. I’m hoping you might leave a comment noting which reactions seem strongest in you.
Big thanks to this week’s sources: Merriam-Webster, Wordnik, Etymonline, Collins Dictionary, Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, 1959, & the OED.
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