Deficiency or complete inability in assessing and describing one’s own emotional state. Considered a personality trait, not a disorder.
Example: A man seeks consultation for numerous physical symptoms after losing his spouse and parents in a fire; he denies experiencing any anxiety or anger.
Grinnell, R. (2008). Alexithymia. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 21, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/alexithymia/