Emotions We Feel but Can’t Explain.

12 Emotions We Feel, but Can’t Explain …

There are plenty of emotions that we feel on a daily basis, but have trouble explaining to others.

However, there are actually words out there that describe those common feelings perfectly.

That means you no longer have to struggle to tell your friends what’s on your mind.

You can just say one of the following words and then hand them a dictionary:


Vemodenal is the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist—the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same curve of a hip, the same closeup of an eye—which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.


Dysania is “the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.” If you always have trouble waking yourself up in the morning to go about your day, then these words will come in handy


Anecdouche is conversation in which everyone is talking but nobody is listening, simply overlaying disconnected words like a game of Scrabble, with each player borrowing bits of other anecdotes as a way to increase their own score, until we all run out of things to say.


Don’t you hate how long it takes to build friendships?

Adronitis is the word for you.  Adronitis is the “frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.” If you just wish you could skip the smalltalk  or the process of avoiding the awrdness with strangers and actually get to know them, then this word will help you explain your feelings.


This is “the desire to care less about things.” If you hate how much you care about your crush’s opinion, or about the way your eyebrows look, then you’re experiencing liberosis.

You just wish that you were more carefree.


Ellipsism is sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out, that you’ll dutifully pass on the joke of being alive without ever learning the punchline—the name of the beneficiary of all human struggle, the sum of the final payout of every investment ever made in the future—which may not suit your sense of humor anyway and will probably involve how many people it takes to change a lightbulb.


This is “a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.” Everyone is guilty of doing this. It happens when you daydream about meeting you favourite celebrity or dating your crush or fantasize about getting interviewed by Ellen.


Sometimes you suddenly start paying attention to your breathing or your blinking or your other common bodily function.

Rubatosis is the unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat. Even though it’s a bodily function that is constantly happening, being aware of it can become highly irritating.


The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place is Monachoptis. This occurs when your friends treat you like part of the group, but you still feel like you don’t belong. Feeling when you get when you go out with your elder sister/brother and their friend. 

There’s no reason for you to feel excluded, but you still do.


This is a word I think most known among others in this list.

It means, “the longing in the heart for we know not what.” Haven’t you ever been sad, but couldn’t pinpoint exactly why?

Haven’t you ever wished that your life was different, but you didn’t know exactly what you wanted to change?

That’s sehnsucht.


Nyctophilia is finding comfort in the dark. Have you wonder why you ok being in dark room when your friends are so afraid to be there. If you’d rather be alone in a dark room than in a bright room full of people, then you can explain your preference with this word.

It hits the nail right on the head.


This means, “wanting to prolong the final moments of a story, relationship, or some other journey.” If you hate reaching the last episode of your favourite series, reaching the end of a book, because you don’t want to say goodbye to the characters, then you can use this word to describe how you feel.

Even though it’s obvious that things has to end at some point , it’s never fun knowing that something you love is coming to an end.

There are more words to describe how you feel than “angry,” “happy,” and “sad.” Hopefully this collection of words will help you express yourself in a way that you usually can’t.

People work through emotions by being able to identify them and use them as signals. A lot of the time, we’re left in the dark. Enter the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the brainchild of writer John Koenig, who is here to give you words for the feelings you may not have even known you were having.

Do you have trouble putting your emotions into words? Which of these is most common emotion to you?

78 thoughts on “Emotions We Feel but Can’t Explain.

  1. Finifugal is so me! I love to read but I get sad when the story ends. It’s like I was introduced to new friends and then they were taken away from me. Thanks for making this list. Now I have new words to torture my friends and family with!

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  2. “FINIFUGAL This means, ‘wanting to prolong the final moments of” YOUR writing and poetry! Your study of these words is absolutely intriguing. There are many instances in my life where I cannot explain my feelings… and you’ve just helped me sort them out. Thanks for a Superb Post! And thanks for liking “A Sliver of Sunlight”. I’ll be following your blog.

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  3. “Vemodenal” — There is always another angle to something that nobody else has ever seen or captured before. It might be the same old water fall but there is some nuance about it that nobody has ever seen before and you might be the lucky one who shows this detail to the world for the first time. Your effort to show it to the world might be the very reason for people to remember you as well as to remember what you have shown to them.

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  4. TGWFO: Wonderfully amusing and enlightening post. 🙂
    If you strung them all together it would form a rather interesting alliterative word.
    Here are two more
    Jouissance – intellectual or physical pleasure or enjoyment (from the French word jouir, meaning joy).
    Monachopsis – feeling out of place.
    Cheers. Alex

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  5. Reblogged this on La Petit Muse and commented:
    In love with words and I love whenever I cross path with a new one. The word ‘rubatosis’ though! I’ll be adding it to my dictionary.


  6. Wah, I love this. I’ll never be able to remember the names of the emotions I’m feeling at the time though. I’ll have to come back here to check. Happy blogging!

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  7. Wow. I never really thought about these emotions even though I experience them on a daily basis. Amazing as always. Stay wonderful.

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