List Of Negative Emotions You Might Experience At Work

Here’s a list of negative or draining emotions you could experience at work. Recognizing your emotions is important so that you can choose how to respond to them.

Emotional intelligence around teammates, clients, employers and your managers will help you guide your interactions. Rather than letting your emotions jerk you around like a rider on a herky-jerky roller coaster, you can decide in advance how they get to impact your actions.

Read through the list and pick 1-3 that represent emotions you've been experiencing regularly this month. Notice that these emotions are a state of being, versus a personal characteristic. You might experience one of them often, yet it could change with time, depending on the situation. Because negative emotions are things you might want less of, stop to reflect on the ones you selected. Where did the negative emotion come from? What tasks, thoughts, people, or situations tend to seed this emotion for you? How can you get less of it, or how can you reframe what you're allowing the thought to mean to you?

 

Afraid

Agitated

Aggravated

Aggressive

Alarmed

Alone

Angry

Annoyed

Antagonistic

Anxious

Apathetic

Arrogant

Ashamed

Baffled

Belligerent

Bested

Bewildered

Bitter

Blocked

Bored

Boxed In

Broken Down

Bullied

Burdened

Chaotic

Clobbered

Closed

Competitive

Complacent

Complaining

Conflicted

Confused

Constrained

Contempt

Controlled

Critical

Cruel

Crushed

Curbed

Cursed

Defeated

Defensive

Dejected

Deluded

Demanding

Demolished

Dependent

Depressed

Derailed

Desperate

Destructive

Detached

Devastated

Disappointed

Disconnected

Discouraged

Disgust

Disgraced

Disheveled

Disillusioned

Disinterested

Dismayed

Disoriented

Distracted

Divided

Down

Downtrodden

Dumfounded

Egocentric

Egotistical

Empty

Envious

Enraged

Erratic

Exhausted

Exacerbated

Fake

Fearful

Foggy

Fretful

Frozen

Frustrated

Fuming

Furious

Hateful

Heartbroken

Hindered

Hopeless

Huffy

Hurt

Greedy

Guarded

Idle

Ignored

Impatient

Impulsive

Incapable

Indifferent

Indignant

Inferior

Inflamed

Inhibited

Insecure

Insensitive

Insignificant

Inundated

Irate

Irked

Irresponsible

Irritated

Isolated

Jealous

Judged

Lazy

Left Out

Lost

Manipulated

Miffed

Miserable

Misplaced

Misunderstood

Mixed Up

Moody

Negative

Neglected

Offended

Oppressed

Outraged

Overwhelmed

Overcome

Panicked

Paranoid

Passive

Preoccupied

Pretentious

Procrastination

Punished

Rage

Reactionary

Regretful

Repulsed

Rejected

Resentful

Resigned

Reticent

Ridiculous

Sad

Sadistic

Sarcastic

Secretive

Seething

Self Sabotaging

Shame

Shamed

Shocked

Shut down

Shy

Skeptical

Sorry

Speechless

Stagnant

Stricken

Stressed

Stubborn

Stuck

Stumped

Sulky

Sullen

Suppressed

Tense

Touchy

Thwarted

Trapped

Trepidatious

Troubled

Trounced

Unbalanced

Unconcerned

Undone

Uneasy

Unhappy

Unresponsive

Uptight

Upset

Useless

Vain

Victimized

Weak

Withdrawn

Worried

Wrathful