Are you alexithymic?

alexithymia

Here’s an interesting quiz to find out how in touch you are with your own or other’s emotions.
Alexithymia is a Greek term meaning emotional blindness (a–without; lex–word; thymia–feeling). A person with alexithymia has problems understanding their own emotional state or those of other people. They may feel emotionally numb or even have a flat affect. They could be extremely reserved or shy, or just seem aloof or cold to others. They could come across as “mysterious” or inaccessible.

Low levels of alexithymia are correlated with high empathy, ability to engage emotionally in relationships, and having an active imagination. A very low score would indicate neediness and high emotional lability (common in most people with BPD, Histrionic PD, or Dependent PD).

Personality disorders associated with alexithymia are Schizoid, Antisocial, Avoidant, Narcissistic, Obsessive Compulsive, and sometimes Schizotypal. PTSD can also be associated with alexithymia.

Here is the test:
http://www.alexithymia.us/test-alex.html

My results:

My total score was 108 (possible alexithymic).

Category: Difficulty Identifying Feelings: 17 Points
In this category you show some alexithymic traits.

Category: Difficulty Describing Feelings: 10 Points
In this category you show no alexithymic traits.

Category: Vicarious Interpretation of Feelings: 11 Points
In this category you show high alexithymic traits.

Category: Externally-Oriented Thinking: 17 Points
In this category you show no alexithymic traits.

Category: Restricted Imaginative Processes: 18 Points
In this category you show some alexithymic traits.

Category: Problematic Interpersonal Relationships: 20 Points
In this category you show high alexithymic traits.

Category: Sexual Difficulties and Disinterest: 15 Points
In this category you show high alexithymic traits.

This seems to describe me well.

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2 thoughts on “Are you alexithymic?

  1. Interesting! That was kind of fun. I scored a 67, showing few to no alexithymic traits, which doesn’t surprise me at all. I tend to be pretty high on the empathy continuum, which is not always such a good thing, either.

    Something I wondered about, I have a feeling men would score very differently, mostly because men don’t live in the world of feelings and imagination as much.

    Also, abuse is going to cause damage, numbness, an inability to recognize feelings. So one could seem to have alexithymic traits, but really they simply had learned how to shut down their feelings.

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    1. That’s it exactly. The feelings are there, but they are hard to access. Even empathy is there, but it’s turned onto the self instead of outwards, toward others. Sam Vaknin says empathy is a choice. Unless you are a psychopath (which I am not), I think he’s right.
      I agree that men would probably score higher in alexithymia since boys are less encouraged to express their feelings. They’re also more likely to develop NPD, while females are more likely to develop BPD.

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