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21 Emotions People Feel But Can’t Explain


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Apart from some emotions we are all very familiar with like happiness, joy, love, hope, satisfaction or negative ones like anger, sadness, frustration there is a whole lot more than we usually refer to as emotions.

John Koenig, spoke about some never mentioned emotions that people feel but, can not really explain…

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

It’s that moment when you start thinking about how does life look like from someone else’s perspective, do others even have a life? Or is it just you? Are others thinking the same about you?

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

You know that looking into someones eyes can be invasive, but sometimes you can get lost in that look, then you don’t know should you turn away or keep staring in that deep place behind those eyes.

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

Sometimes we feel as we don’t belong in here, when I say “in here” I mean in this reality. Just seems odd.

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

Vellichor: The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

When you walk in.. See all those decaying books.. They already have their roots deep in those wooden shelves.. Those yellow roots on every page, the smell and the moment of preserved wisdom in those pages can never compare with the regular feeling of brand new printed books.

Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.

You are alive. But sometimes the awareness of it gets too much, you can’t handle it. I had felt this several times but I found helpful to be grateful for those heartbeats. Each one is a gift, don’t waste it.

Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.

Ah the feeling when the school year is done. Walking through those empty corridors, empty classrooms, empty hallways.. The silence is too loud.. Yelling “Why is everything so quiet”..

Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.

This has got to be one of the worst emotions I will write about in here. Nothing can hurt you more, but yourself, and by doing this you are doing yourself no good. It’s in these moments that you have to realize and question yourself “Am I doing myself any good by pushing everyone away?”. The answer will help you to diminish this ugly moments from your life.

Jouska: A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.


Chrysalism: The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.

Nothing like those moments when the rain is being wild, trying to break in but you are just there at your window looking outside from the safety of your roof.

Vemödalen: The frustration of photographic something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist.

I guess this goes for many types of arts, not just photography.

Anecdoche: A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening

Surround yourself with better people, nothing good for your character growth awaits behind people who have no respect for themselves to first hear you out before opening their mouth.

Ellipsism: A sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.

We are curious creatures, but there are some things that can never be known for sure and the sadness of the inability for it jumps in.

Kuebiko: A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.

In this cruel world we can get exhausted from so many bad things around us. There is only so much a human can take.

Lachesism: The desire to be struck by disaster – to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.

Oftentimes people desire self destructiveness, but these bad emotions come into play when your spirit is challenged on such a level that you are broken down and can’t find a way to get up. Nothing good will come from this so get your act straight and don’t desire for your own doom, because when it comes you will be begging for just one more second.

Exulansis: The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.


Illustration by James Woodward

Rückkehrunruhe: The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness.

We want to grab hold of every beautiful moment of our life. Don’t worry about it it will all come back to you after some longer time passes by.

Onism: The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time.

When you realize the potential of human spirit you get frustrated because it is so limited by the limits of the body.

Liberosis: The desire to care less about things.

I never really felt this so I can’t really speak, but I guess this goes for people that were hurt too much from people that trusted them. Don’t let your desire to care turn into desire not to care.

Occhiolism: The awareness of the smallness of your perspective.

Sometimes we feel like our perspective is not wide enough to give us the answers we are seeking for, but the truth is that it is wide enough as much as we allow it to be.

This was the list of unusual emotions we feel by John Koenig trough my commentary. If you have anything to add, please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for reading, if you enjoyed it, please share it with your friends, maybe one of them needs to see this 🙂

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