Emotional Blindness: The Importance Of Assessing ‘Alexithymia’ And Its Impact On Mental Health
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Rodrigo Becerra is a Philosophy PhD and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia | UWA · School of Psychological Science.

 

                       

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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