June 24, 2015

23 New Words for Emotions That We All Feel, But Can't Explain

This is SO good.
Graphic designer John Koenig has sought for years to fill holes in language that describe the emotions that we all feel, but fail to communicate.
A few examples:


Sonder:
(n) The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own

Opia:
(n) The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable

Monachopsis:
(n) The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

√Čnouement:
(n) The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.

Vellichor:
(n) The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

Rubatosis:
(n) The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat. (Tina! I IMMEDIATELY thought of Radiolab.)

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