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alexithymia

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noun alex·i·thy·mia \ə-ˌleks-i-ˈthī-mē-ə\

Medical Definition of alexithymia

  1. :  inability to identify and express or describe one's feelings People with alexithymia typically display a lack of imaginative thought, have difficulty distinguishing between emotions and bodily sensations, and engage in logical externally oriented thought. <Individuals with high levels of alexithymia are usually aware of their emotional arousal; however, they have difficulty differentiating emotions and verbalizing them.—John S. Ogrodniczuk et al., The American Journal of Psychotherapy, 2004>

alexithymic \ə-ˌleks-i-ˈthī-mik\ play adjective <an alexithymic patient>



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