Tangle of Emotions
During a ramble around Pinterest two years ago, I spotted an interesting visual: Ball of Grief: A Tangled Ball of Emotions. I printed it out (sans author, sorry) and have kept it in my file to remind me of how truly tangled and interconnected our emotions can be.
The skein-like ball of emotions shares over 40 emotions, ranging from sadness and inadequacy, to despair and denial, to rage. It provides a great resource for writers as potential characters enter problems and situations and must deal with their entanglements.
Recently I read a novel about a woman who lost her husband. Both were in their mid-thirties. They had 4 young children that now she was raising them alone. As she progresses through the tangle of emotions of the 5 stages of grief, she also steps into a romantic relationship which mimics those same five stages. I found that especially interesting since I’d never through about how a person might struggle to allow herself to love again.