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alexithymia

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

medical Definition of alexithymia

:inability to identify and express or describe one's feelings
Note: 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 Psychotherapy2004

alexithymic

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

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