Practice These Principles
Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery

Appendix 3: Common Manifestations of Self: Defective Emotions

This series of tables features the main emotions discussed in PTP Step 4. Other emotions will be treated in subsequent works on other Steps. Except for resentment, the emotions listed are not necessarily defective. They become defective when, under the influence of our defects of character, our concerns and/or the perceptions of how those concerns are affected, become distorted. Those defects and distortions are the subjects of our inventory. For a discussion of each emotion, the underlying character defects, and their corrective character virtues, see the corresponding chapters in the book. For an accompanying table of character defects, see Appendix 4 on this site. The tables are intended to help us take inventory using the guides to Inventory Type A and/or B



Anger is the perception of an offense to something we care about and the consequent desire to punish the offender. See Resentment below. 


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Related to perception of offense:
Abuse, affront, aggression, assault, aspersion, attack, blame, breach, culpability, crime, dereliction, disobedience, disrespect, encroachment, failure, fault, favoritism, guilt, harm, hurt, indignity, inequity, infraction, infringement, injury, injustice, insult, interference, intrusion, malpractice, maltreatment, misconduct, misdeed, misbehavior, nagging, neglect, outrage, pester, provocation, put-down, rudeness, slight, slur, snub, transgression, trespass, unfairness, unjustness, violation, wrongdoing

Related to feelings and emotions: acrimony, agitation, aggravation, animosity, animus, annoyance, antagonism, apoplectic, blow up, boiling, bothered, bristle, burning, cantankerous, chafe, choleric, cross, disgruntled, distemper, enmity, envy, enraged, exasperation, ferocity, fit, frustration, fuming, furor, fury, galling, grouchiness, grumpiness, hate, hatred, hissy fit, fuming, fury, hostility, hysterical, ill humor, ill temper, impatience, incensed, indignation, inflamed, infuriated, injury, irascibility, ire, irk, irritability, irritation, jealousy, mad, maddened, miffed, nettle, odium, outburst, outrage, paroxysm, peeve, peevishness, petulance, pique, rage, rampage, rankling, raving mad, resentment, rile, roil, scorn, seething, soreness, sour, spite, steamed up, stew, stirred up, sullenness, tantrum, temper, temper tantrum, tenseness, tiff, tizzy, umbrage, uproar, upset, vexation, whipped up, withdrawn, worked up, wrath



Aggressiveness, impatience, ingratitude, injustice, intemperance, intolerance, pride, unacceptance, unforgiveness, unkindness



Acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, justice, kindness, patience, peacefulness, temperance, tolerance

For other emotions, please click on the appropriate link: Fear, Resentment

For appendices 1, 2, or 4, please click on the appropriate link.