alexithymia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Created by psychiatrists John Case Nemiah and Peter Sifneos from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, not) + λέξις (léxis, speaking) + θυμός (thumós, heart), meaning “without words for emotions”.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌeɪ.lɛk.səˈθaɪ.mi.ə/

Noun[edit]

alexithymia (uncountable)

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  1. A deficiency in understanding, processing, or describing emotions.
    • 2008, Amy Kroska and Sarah K. Harkness, “Exploring the Role of Diagnosis in the Modified Labeling Theory of Mental Illness” in Social Psychology Quarterly LXXI, № 2 (Wrestling with Social Psychology, June 2008), page 195:
      Finally, schizophrenic disorders involve impairments of perceptions, including hallucinations and delusions, symptoms that often impair patients’ social and occupational functioning and can create alexithymia (Maggini and Raballo 2004; van ‛t Wout et al. 2007), an inability to recognize one’s own feelings.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Stichwort Alexi|thymie. In: Duden. Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke. Software für PC-Bibliothek. Bibliographisches Institut, Mannheim