alexithymia

noun
alex·​i·​thy·​mia | \ ə-ˌleks-i-ˈthī-mē-ə How to pronounce alexithymia (audio) \

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 Psychotherapy

Other Words from alexithymia

alexithymic \ ə-​ˌleks-​i-​ˈthī-​mik How to pronounce alexithymia (audio) \ adjective
an alexithymic patient

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“Alexithymia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/alexithymia. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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