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Portraying the emotion of scorn

Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown

#FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.

The definition of scorn

The definition of scorn is a feeling and expression of contempt or disdain for someone or something.
A favourite emotion employed by the bullies and those who think themselves better than others.

Putting our characters into houses.

We make a habit of compartmentalising personality traits and we have been doing it for a long time.
Ayurveda developed over three-thousand years ago. It deducted there were three different doshas — Vata, Pitta, and Kapha — which influence physical and emotional habits. There are also the Chinese and Western zodiacs and each sign has a list of different traits for those born beneath it.
More recently, we have personality tests such as the Myers Briggs types, which have compartmented our traits into sixteen different types. I find these invaluable when creating my characters. But sixteen is a lot of personality types, which is why many play the role of the sorting hat and put their characters into one of the four Hogwarts houses.
You may have your own way of classifying your characters. Whichever method you use, it will make it easier for you to understand how they’ll react to different stresses and stimuli.

Expressing the emotion of scorn

At the two extremes, the expression of scorn will be to rub it in as often and as cruelly as possible, to a silent, aloofness which conveys the person is not worth the time or energy.

What would a scornful person feel?

  • A rush of adrenaline. The heart’s beating faster, their body temperature is rising. Also, if they’re planning to land a scornful remark, there may be a subsequent reaction and the body will have to fight.

How would a scornful person act?

  • Belittling jokes and comments towards the inferior person. (This could be in front of others to cause further embarrassment, or a means to get others to bully the target).
  • Blanking the person
  • A wrinkling of the facial features as if they’d encountered a bad taste or smell
  • Sarcasm towards the person, verbally and physically such as a slow clap.
  • Out starring the inferior person, and,
  • (my favourite) the eye roll.
I hope you can join in on #FeelLines and will be looking out for your entries every Thursday.
By the way, I’m:
  • Dosha: Kapha
  • Western Zodiac: Aquarius
  • Chinese Zodiac: Dog
  • Myers Briggs: INFJ
  • Hogwarts: Ravenclaw

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