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Alexithymia

By Renée Grinnell

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.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Sep 2008