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What is alexithymia?

Alexithymia literally means a lack of words for feelings. Alexithymia is not a disorder, but is seen as a trait. People who experience alexithymia are unable to recognize emotions and their subtleties and to understand or describe thoughts and feelings. Sometimes alexithymia makes it hard for them to tell a story or understand the emotional experience of others.

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