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Nementia

The post-distraction effort to recall the reason why you’re feeling particularly anxious or angry or excited, in which…
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Lalalalia

The realization while talking to yourself that someone else is within earshot, which leads you to crossfade into…
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Apomakrysmenophobia

The fear that your connections with people are ultimately shallow, that although your relationships feel congenial at the…
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Flashover

The moment a conversation becomes real and alive, which occurs when a spark of trust shorts out the…
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Ecstatic Shock

The surge of energy upon catching a glance from someone you like—a thrill that starts in your stomach,…
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Ballagàrraidh

The awareness that you are not at home in the wilderness. The story of humanity is a move…
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La gaudière

The glint of goodness inside people, which you can only find by sloshing them back and forth in…
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Hiybbprqag

The feeling that everything original has already been done, that the experiment of human culture long ago filled…
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Aimonomia

Fear that learning the name of something—a bird, a constellation, an attractive stranger—will somehow ruin it, transforming a…
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Altschmerz

The weariness with same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing…
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Chrysalism

The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm, listening to waves of rain pattering against the roof…
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Alazia

The fear that you’re no longer able to change. After so many years wondering what kind of person…
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Koinophobia

The Fear that You’ve Lived an Ordinary Life. While you’re in it, life seems epic. Fiery, tenuous, and…