Emotional disconnection

Alexithymia is the word used to describe difficulty identifying and describing emotions. It is prevalent in approximately 10% of the general population.

Typical difficulties include problems identifying, describing, and working with one’s own feelings, often marked by a lack of understanding of the feelings of others; difficulty distinguishing between feelings and the bodily sensations of emotional arousal; confusion of physical sensations often associated with emotions; few dreams or fantasies due to restricted imagination; and concrete, realistic, logical thinking, often to the exclusion of emotional responses to problems.

The typical alexithymic person is incredibly stoic. They like to avoid emotional topics and focus more on concrete, objective statements.

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Toronto Alexithymia scale
Taylor, Graeme J.; Ryan, David; Bagby, R. Michael (1986). “Toward the development of a new self-report alexithymia scale”. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 44, 191-199.