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    Hi... I write about emotions. I need to know how to structure this type of sentence with the use of an emotion. I am trying to find out if I capitalize the emotion as a name...or if I leave it uncapped...

    It is not like: John felt guilt over his splashing mud on Marsha.

    It is like: "That is Guilt Charge."
    "That is Grief Charge."
    "That was Shock and Anger Charge."

    This is "a thing". Do I cap Guilt and Charge as they are meant to be a "thing"? or do I leave it:

    "That is guilt charge."

    Which does not seem to mean what I want to say...but my question is...which is proper???

    I am an emotional researcher. I write about Emotional Charge, it is a "thing" meaning "bottled up emotions". And this phrasing is "all important" to my work...

    Thanks for any help you can give me... deeply appreciated.
    Boomer

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    I'm not exactly sure what you're asking, but generally speaking, nouns, unless they are proper nouns, tend not to begin with capital letters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer12k View Post
    Hi... I write about emotions. I need to know how to structure this type of sentence with the use of an emotion. I am trying to find out if I capitalize the emotion as a name...or if I leave it uncapped...

    It is not like: John felt guilt over his splashing mud on Marsha.

    It is like: "That is Guilt Charge."
    "That is Grief Charge."
    "That was Shock and Anger Charge."

    This is "a thing". Do I cap Guilt and Charge as they are meant to be a "thing"? or do I leave it:

    "That is guilt charge."

    Which does not seem to mean what I want to say...but my question is...which is proper???

    I am an emotional researcher. I write about Emotional Charge, it is a "thing" meaning "bottled up emotions". And this phrasing is "all important" to my work...

    Thanks for any help you can give me... deeply appreciated.
    Boomer
    If I understand you correctly, then I think you could successfully use capitals or italics for the phrases. If this is non-fiction then I have found that phrases or words made up by the author often come with an explanation early in the book, as in a description of meaning and how they are going to use it from that point on. This would set up your reason for using the caps or italics. If it's fiction I would use italics only for this, not sure why, caps just wouldn't seem right.

    Sounds like an interesting book.

    Arachne

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    I would go with Adrian and keep capitals for names and starting sentences, to give emphasis I would use italics, or put it in 'inverted commas'. Some times I might capitalise inside, 'Inverted commas', if it felt right putting that comma before it so there was a degree of separation.

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    I would use Capitals. Guilt/Grief/Shock and Anger Charges are nouns and I suppose they serve as a title/name of something. Hence Capitalized first letter.

    I would use italicized letters for emphasis (I asked this forums a while back) and also for specific or fictional term that I created, that has high importance at that point.

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    I think emotional states would be handled like diagnostic terms in other disciplines; for instance, in a medical article the condition, chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder (COPD) would not be capitalized. It is a 'thing' but not a proper noun. Just like schizophrenia, arthritis, and gout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer12k View Post
    Hi... I write about emotions. I need to know how to structure this type of sentence with the use of an emotion. I am trying to find out if I capitalize the emotion as a name...or if I leave it uncapped...

    It is not like: John felt guilt over his splashing mud on Marsha.

    It is like: "That is Guilt Charge."
    "That is Grief Charge."
    "That was Shock and Anger Charge."

    This is "a thing". Do I cap Guilt and Charge as they are meant to be a "thing"? or do I leave it:

    "That is guilt charge."

    Which does not seem to mean what I want to say...but my question is...which is proper???

    I am an emotional researcher. I write about Emotional Charge, it is a "thing" meaning "bottled up emotions". And this phrasing is "all important" to my work...

    Thanks for any help you can give me... deeply appreciated.
    Boomer
    with no additional context/framing, i lean towards arachne's response.
    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer12k View Post
    "That is grief Charge."
    "That was shock and anger Charge."
    format can be helpful in conveying layered/enmeshed abstracts:
    "That is disenfranchised grief Charge, channeling DENIAL toward silencing other.

    i am not qualified in any way, or field.
    please read above as: imho.

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