Poll results are in! Apparently loneliness is by far the most unpleasant emotion, defeating the runner-up anger by 6 to 2. A couple of sympathy votes for embarrassment and fear rounded things out. Sadness and disgust were universally sneered at.
Again, the results surprised me. I expected more than zero votes for sadness. Maybe I should have given examples. I didn't mean sadness like when you drop your ice-cream. I meant the gut-wrenching sadness that crushes your heart into a piece of coal inside your chest and your whole body feels hollow. Sorry, I should have specified that.
Disgust was a bit of a dud wasn't it? I suppose that since more than a few of the readers of this blog are medical students, I should have expected disgust to not get much attention. I think we're all still desperately trying to steel our nerves against the bizarre and horrible things we see every day at uni. We can't afford to admit such a weakness as disgust. What if someone found out?
But I was most shocked at the winner. Loneliness?? Come on, toughen up people. Get a pen pal or something.