Physical Sensations List

This is an accessible, mobile-friendly version of the “List of Physical Sensations” by Oren Jay Sofer.

Partial list. Sensation is a subjective experience and can include synesthesia: physical sensation experienced as or with color, image, smell, taste… (dark, bright, sour, bitter, sweet).

Pressure / Weight

  • Breathless
  • Floating
  • Light
  • Lifting
  • Soft
  • Spacey
  • Supported
  • Touching
  • Uplifting
  • Crushing
  • Hard
  • Heavy
  • Pressing
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Sinking
  • Suffocating
  • Weighed down

Temperature

  • Chills
  • Clammy
  • Cold
  • Cool
  • Freezing
  • Frozen
  • Icy
  • Boiling
  • Burning
  • Warm
  • Inflamed
  • Fiery
  • Sweaty
  • Hot

Texture

  • Bumpy
  • Even
  • Itchy
  • Jagged
  • Metallic
  • Prickly
  • Rough
  • Sandpapery
  • Soft
  • Silky
  • Smooth
  • Uneven

Movement / Direction

  • Bubbly
  • Buzzy
  • Dizzy
  • Downward
  • Draining
  • Electric
  • Energized
  • Erratic
  • Effervescent
  • Flowing
  • Fluid
  • Fluttery
  • Inward
  • Nauseous
  • Nervy
  • Opening
  • Outward
  • Pounding
  • Radiating
  • Releasing
  • Roiling
  • Shivery
  • Straight
  • Shaky
  • Streaming
  • Tickling
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing
  • Trembling
  • Twitchy
  • Queasy
  • Upward
  • Vibrating
  • Vital
  • Wobbly

Speed

  • Brisk
  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Moderate
  • Slow
  • Still
  • Quick

Tone

  • Agreeable
  • Bitter
  • Pleasant
  • Comfortable
  • Disagreeable
  • Neutral
  • Soothing
  • Sour
  • Sweet
  • Unpleasant
  • Uncomfortable

Density

  • Airy
  • Empty
  • Expansive
  • Hollow
  • Light
  • Loose
  • Open
  • Solid
  • Steady
  • Spacious
  • Blocked
  • Closed
  • Clenched
  • Congested
  • Constricted
  • Contracted
  • Dense
  • Full
  • Knotted
  • Tight
  • Thick
  • Tense
  • Viscous
  • Wooden

Painful

  • Achy / Aching
  • Bruised
  • Numb
  • Sore
  • Sharp
  • Sensitive
  • Stabbing
  • Tender
  • Twisting

Size / Shape

  • Big
  • Blob-like
  • Circular
  • Flat
  • Huge
  • Large
  • Lines
  • Miniscule
  • Round
  • Small
  • Tiny

Degrees

  • Cellular
  • Deep
  • Dull
  • Gentle
  • Gross
  • Immense
  • Large
  • Mild
  • Microscopic
  • Shallow
  • Slight
  • Subtle
  • Teeny
  • Tender
  • Tiny
  • Vast

Absence

  • Blank
  • Disconnected
  • Empty
  • Nothing
  • Numb

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