What's the word for....

  1. The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.
    • my sweet September, October, November, December
    • S.O.N.D.er
    • sAHN-der
    • Sonder
  2. The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.
    • Open eyes
    • O-pee-uh
    • Opia
  3. Monachopsis: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.
  4. Énouement: The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.
  5. Vellichor: The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.
  6. Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.
  7. Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.
  8. Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.
  9. A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.
    • The names of those nobles Jousting in my head
    • Joust-ska
    • JOW-ska
    • Jouska
  10. The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.
    • Lighting can't crack the crystal cocoon
    • Chrysalis
    • Chris-uh-lism
    • Chrysalism
  11. Vemödalen: The frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist.
  12. A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening
    • anucks never let anyone else speak, like a know-it-all doc.
    • Dr. Asshole
    • ANuck-dock
    • Anecdoche
  13. A sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.
    • The end of my life will be an ellipsis. . .
    • The three dots are the future I won't know
    • iLIPsizism
    • Ellipsism
  14. Kuebiko: A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.
  15. The desire to be struck by disaster – to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.
    • Latch on to the clarity of the coming doom
    • Latch the gates and doors
    • LATCH-iz-ism
    • Lachesism
  16. Exulansis: The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.
  17. Adronitis: Frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.
  18. Rückkehrunruhe: The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness.
  19. Nodus Tollens: The realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore.
  20. Onism: The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time.
  21. Liberosis: The desire to care less about things.
  22. Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had – the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing on for years.
    • Shityears--shmears
    • Want an Alt route to life shit years
    • ALt-smearz
    • Altschmerz
  23. The awareness of the smallness of your perspective.
    • Eye see the hole I live in
    • Occula: eyehole
    • OCK-e-ole-ism
    • Occhiolism

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