25 Emotions You Often Feel, But Can't Really Explain

You're not the only one who has had these thoughts.

The English language has 1,025,109 words, but the average  adult only uses about 20,000 to 35,000 of those words on a day to day basis.

It's unfortunate because there are so many obscure words with amazing definitions that will blow blow your mind.

Words that describe feelingsthoughts or states of mind we find ourselves in. They are the weird emotions that we sometimes can't explain.

You know that awkward feeling you get when you stare into a strangers's eyes for too long?

There's a word for that and it's all documented in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

And here are 25 more words for these feelings you just can't explain:


This is the feeling you get when you're talking about yourself, but you realize no one in the room can relate to what you're saying which leads you to feel like your own memory is awkward and out of place.


That moment where you get completely caught up in vivid sensory detail, like watching the snow fall outside a window or closing your eyes and listening to the sounds of the ocean.


The mini depression you feel when you realize you're stuck in one body that can only be in one place at a time, all the while thinking about everyone else's awesome lives you'll never be able to experience.

Nodus Tollens

The sad realization that your life doesn't make sense to you anymore.


The name for a distant memory from the past that suddenly pops into your mind for no apparent reason.


The feeling of wanting to be able to care less about stuff.


The feeling you get when you take a picture of something like the Eiffel tower and you feel frustrated because you realize how many people have taken the same picture. And it's probably better than yours.


When you walk in a used bookstore and you realize how many thousands of books you'll never have time to read. Not sure if this applies to regular bookstores.


When you come home from a trip and you realize the memory is fading already so you purposely keep reminding yourself about what just happened.


A thought or fear that you constantly think about, but only late at night before you're about to go to sleep.

Dead Reckoning

When someone dies and it bothers you more than you think it should.


The feeling that whatever you're doing, you're doing it wrong. Everyone else seems to know some secret on how to do it right, except for you.


When you meet someone for the first time and you feel frustrated at how long it will take to get to know them.


All the hidden talents that make the people around you so remarkable. Talents that will forever go unnoticed.

Mal de Coucou

When's you're a socialite but you don't have many close friends


A moment that seemed unimportant at first but ended up changing the course of your life all together


That moment you realize that someone you've known forever actually has a whole other part of their life you know nothing about.


A conversation between people who are talking but not actually listening to each other. They're just waiting for other person to finish so they can speak next.

Catoptric Tristesse

The sad feeling you experience when you realize you'll never be able to truly know what other people think of you.

Rigor Samsa

The shield you build in your mind to protect yourself from fear, panic and anxiety.


The secret fantasy of wanting to survive a massive disaster. Which is why so many people want a zombie apocalypse to happen.


If you've ever felt anxious about the same thing your entire life, Altschmerz is that thing.


Being aware of how limited your own perspective is and that none of your thoughts or conclusions are truly meaningful. Teenagers need to experience more of this.


Being exhausted at all the senseless violence and horror that takes place in the world. It usually happens after you watch CNN for too long.


When you look into a stranger's eye and you feel like you're invading their privacy and yet you feel like they are invading yours at the same time.

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