The Catalog of New Emotions: Dyseuphoria

The Catalog of New Emotions Dysreuphoria

Dyseuphoria (pronounced:  /dɪsyuˈfɔr i ə/) noun — a state of dissatisfaction and anxiety about not having anything concrete to feel dissatisfied or anxious about; being unhappy about having everything necessary for happiness; feeling bound and determined to be miserable.

Usage:             Wandering through the exhibition about depression, Marie became dyseuphoric.

Whenever Jeff felt dyseuphoria coming on, he would read the news so that he could at least feel righteous indignation and anger.

Etymology: A mish-mash of the words euphoria and dysphoria to convey the contradictory states of mind and being brought about by insipid romantic notions such as “you have to suffer to be beautiful/produce something beautiful.” This emotional state is epidemic among “artists” and “creative types,” and those who watch too much daytime tv.

The Catalog of New Emotions is a project to refine our emotional sensibilities through the creation of new emotions and the development of a vocabulary to express these new emotions. If you would like to contribute to this project leave a comment. Your definition of the new emotion should include pronunciation; examples of usage; etymology of the word and why this new emotion is necessary.


To see all the entries in  The Catalog of New Emotions, click here.


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