Have you been given the advice to listen to your heart in a difficult situation? But what if the heart is silent or emits incomprehensible signals? An individual needs to understand their feelings and emotions, be aware of them and distinguish them in order to have a holistic idea of themselves. However, there are people for whom it is a huge problem to identify emotions, to express their feelings and experiences.
The term "alexithymia" was proposed by the psychiatrist Peter E. Sifneos in 1973, and is translated from the Greek language as "without words for feelings." This feature is not a mental disorder, but rather a personality characteristic. However, it may cause social adaptation difficulties for a person who suffers from this condition; alexithymia has an impact on an individual's life as a whole. This condition manifests itself as reduced ability or inability to recognize, distinguish and express emotional experiences and bodily sensations.
What causes alexithymia
Causes of alexithymia can vary. Congenital alexithymia may appear due to any physical impairment or be inherited. Acquired alexithymia can be the result of nervous shocks and stresses, neurological diseases, and psychological trauma.
About 7 percent of the world's population exhibit the traits of alexithymia, and men are 4 times more likely to develop it than women. Of course, the stereotype that a real man should not openly show emotions also played a huge role in this…
Various questionnaires were used to determine the severity of alexithymia, but the results were too contradictory. In 1985, George Taylor proposed the 26-point Toronto Alexithymic Scale (TAS). The stability and validity of its results, based on many studies, allows it to be used to this day. Note this test is intended solely for informational, educational and entertainment purposes; its results cannot replace the real help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision or as a specialist's advice.
1. When I cry, I always know why
2. Daydreaming is a waste of time
3. I wish I were not so shy
4. I am often confused about what emotion I am feeling
5. I often daydream about my future
6. I seem to make friends as easily as others do
7. Knowing the answers to problems is more important than knowing the reasons for the answers
8. It is difficult for me to find the right words for my feelings
9. I like to let people know where I stand on things
10. I have physical sensations that even doctors don’t understand