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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Definitions for alexithymia

  1. Psychiatry. difficulty in experiencing, expressing, and describing emotional responses.

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Citations for alexithymia
People who are confused about the sources of their own emotions—a condition that in the extreme is called alexithymia—also tend to report little benefit from a burst of tears, studies have found. Benedict Carey, “The Muddled Tracks of All Those Tears,” New York Times, February 2, 2009
Students in the highest third of users scored significantly worse on scales measuring depression, anxiety and alexithymia, or the ability to express emotion, compared with students in the bottom third of cell phone users. Denise Gellene, “Teens’ Heavy Cellphone Use Could Signal Unhappiness, Study Finds,” Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2006"
Origin of alexithymia
Alexithymia is formed of the Greek roots a-, meaning "not," léxis, meaning "speech," and -thymia, which is used in the formation of compound words that denote mental disorders.