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Are you sure you do not suffer from Basorexia? Have you ever felt an emotion so specific that it was almost impossible to describe it using every day words? Today I had a strange feeling, I felt a sudden urge to kiss someone!

Yep, I felt that, but wait, don’t get me wrong! There is nothing wrong with me, I mean I didn’t kiss anyone or anything at all. It was just a sudden impulse which I was completely aware of and I have resisted to it so far and that strange feeling disappeared. Well, let’s say it has almost disappeared and actually has been replaced by ambiguphobia.

As a logophile, I was wondering if there was a word for such a feeling. So yes, if you are right now experiencing the strong craving or hunger to kiss someone, you are experiencing basorexia, and thus you are basorexic. I think I am going to use this word as a defence the next time I end up in court… “It’s not my fault your honour, I have basorexia.”

I never knew there was a word for it, but I had some doubts especially when I came across some selfies of female celebrities and ordinary girls alike on social media, they seem like they are suffering from basorexia! Doesn’t trump have that as well? Need I say more?


Tiffany Watt Smith talking about The History of Human Emotions.

Truth be told, I have never felt basorexia before, but I have experienced that feeling once I knew the word existed and learned about its etymology while I was listening to a Ted Talks podcast on my iPod, the episode was entitled “The History of Human Emotions” presented by Tiffany Watt Smith.

When something is important enough to name, you tend to feel it a bit more once you know the word exists – or notice yourself feeling it more. – Tiffany Watt Smith

Tiffany Watt Smith wrote a book – The Book of Human Emotions – to highlight unique ones. From Ambiguphobia to Umpty — 154 Words from around the world for how we feel. Are you curious perhaps about this book? Maybe there is a specific word for that in Tiffany’s book, who knows. The Book of Human Emotions is available on Amazon for $17.00

Here are 6 terms Tiffany Smith gathered in her book which describe emotions that we all feel, but sometimes we do not know how or what to name them.

Ambiguphobia: a horror of being misunderstood that leads to excessive clarification and re-clarification.

Amae: The Japanese word amae, as Smith defines it, means “leaning on another person’s goodwill,” a feeling of deep trust that allows a relationship — with your partner, with your parent, even with yourself — to flourish. Or, as the Japanese psychoanalyst Takeo Doi has put it, it’s “an emotion that takes the other person’s love for granted.” It’s a childish kind of love, in other words, as evidenced by an alternate translation of the word: “behaving like a spoiled child.”

Awumbuk: It’s a funny thing about house guests. While they’re in your home and you’re tripping over the extra shoes and suitcases that are suddenly littered about your living room, you start dreaming about how nice it will be when they leave. Yet, after they do, your place often feels too empty. To the Baining people of Papua New Guinea, Smith writes, this feeling is so prevalent that it gets a name all to itself: awumbuk, or the feeling of “emptiness after visitors depart.” There is, luckily, a way of ridding the home of this rather melancholy feeling: Smith writes that “once their guests have left, the Baining fill a bowl with water and leave it overnight to absorb the festering air. The next day, the family rises very early and ceremonially flings the water into the trees, whereupon ordinary life resumes.” That’s one way to do it.

Basorexia: (n.) the overwhelming desire to kiss someone.

L’appel du vide: this French word means “The call of the void” ; it is significantly used to describe the instinctive urge to jump from high places. It is used to describe that unsettling emotion that comes with feeling like you’re not able to trust your own instincts. Have you ever looked at a train going passed and suddenly thought “what if I jumped off the platform?” It’s that feeling; that you might do something you’re not in control of. It’s a reminder to perhaps not always let your emotions rule your behaviour.

Malu: You’d like to think you are a person of average conversational and social skills, and yet this all evaporates the moment you find yourself sharing an elevator with the CEO of your company. The Dusun Baguk people of Indonesia know how you feel. Specifically, Smith writes that they would call this feeling malu, “the sudden experience of feeling constricted, inferior and awkward around people of higher status.” Instead of this being something to be embarrassed about, however, Smith’s research has shown that in this particular culture it’s considered an entirely appropriate response; it’s even a sign of good manners. Something to remember the next time your mind goes blank when your boss asks you a question: You are only being polite.

Via: Special Broadcasting Service.

Tiffany Watt-Smith talking on the history of the emotions and investigates the hidden cultural forces which shape our emotions in the following great video from TED Talks:


I am completely and utterly convinced that I am suffering from this condition and I think we need more words to describe our feelings. Basorexia 💋 a condition I guess I will have to deal with from now on. Who knew my strong desire to kiss someone has a name! Have you ever experienced basorexia before? Let me know in the comments if you did.


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