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March 14, 2009 - alexithymia

alexithymia [ ə-lěk'sə-thī'mē-ə ]
noun (psychiatry)

Definition:
difficulty in experiencing, expressing, and describing emotional responses.

Origin:
From the Greek a + lexi + thymia -- literally "without words for emotions." A term coined by psychotherapist Peter Sifneos in 1973. (paraphrased from Wikipedia)

Example:
Alexithymia is not a diagnosis, but a construct useful for characterizing patients who seem not to understand the feelings they obviously experience, patients who seem to lack the words to describe these feelings to others.
--When a Patient Has No Story to Tell: Alexithymia (Psychiatric Times)
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