Emotional Blindness: The Importance Of Assessing ‘Alexithymia’ And Its Impact On Mental Health
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David Preece is a researcher at the Edith Cowan University · School of Psychology and Social Science.

"My research interests are in emotions, psychological assessment, and the understanding and treatment of psychopathology. One of my main goals right now is to develop new, freely available measures, that can be used to assess a range of emotional constructs in clinical, organisational, and research settings."

                       

Emotional Blindness: The Importance Of Assessing ‘Alexithymia’ And Its Impact On Mental Health

“So, how does that make you feel?” It’s a cliché question that psychologists do often ask in the therapy room, and it is asked for a good reason because successfully processing and managing emotions is very important for mental health. For some people though, it’s a question they find almost impossible to answer. These are people with high levels of the trait alexithymia. The term alexithymia comes from the Greek, a = lack, lexis = word, thymos = mood/emotion. It was first coined by psychiatrist Peter Sifneos...

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