Topic: What is Alexithymia?

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What is Alexithymia?
08.12.2012 by Admin

Just to get some general clarifications I want to start with the definition from Wikipedia:

Alexithymia is a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. The core characteristics of alexithymia are marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating.

Furthermore, individuals suffering from alexithymia also have difficulty in distinguishing and appreciating the emotions of others, which is thought to lead to unempathic and ineffective emotional responding. Alexithymia is prevalent in approximately 10% of the general population and is known to be comorbid with a number of psychiatric conditions.

Additionally I think it is important to mention this one as well:

Alexithymia is considered to be a personality trait ... Alexithymia is not classified as a mental disorder. It is a dimensional personality trait that varies in severity from person to person.

What should I do? What am I?
28.02.2015 by ybba

Hi there,

Im only 16 and i never know i have a high alexithymic traits. I scored 129 and to me its already high and passed a normal level. so my question here.. okay wait.. i dont know whether this is an advantage to me or not.. i want to clarify whether i have alexi or not. You know what i mean.. to post this thing to confessed everything i feels in this post are already difficult because i dont know how to describe the feelings to make you understand me better.. i'm sure everyone here feels the same too.. but I understand people so well like give them advice, counsel them, help them go through hard time.. but when its come to me i cant do it by myself.. i lost my motivation and when im sad i really sad.. like i have a great depression time.. and i found myself hard to explains things to them like when someone told me to tell them or expressing my problem.. i cant do it properly and i will skip it and ended up they dont understand me and is alexi have something to do with my over thinking?? I keep over thinking stuff and makes me so uncomfortable.. i've tried to change that but i cant. Its like naturally in me.. What should I do? Am I positive of Alexi? what do you think? Should I refer to psychiatrist? I'm sorry if my english are bad.. because its not my motherly tongue language.