Wish I could....
For anyone studying this for a PhD or whatever....
To me, the question for a PhD thesis or whatever should be:
Is this "affliction" or trait the result of:
A. Organic (born with it)
B. The result of an injury
C. The result of emotional trauma
For me, it could be B or C. I believe it's C, but my Mom told me that when I was born, the doctor used forceps and the forceps flattened the top of my head down to my eyebrows. Mom said my head popped back into shape in two days. But I sometimes wonder if that incident caused me some sort of brain injury which wasn't initially noticeable. I was a bright kid and did well in school so no problems there..... (except History, I hated memorizing stuff that had no point to me.....)
I'm studying traits of alexithymia for my Master's thesis, and I would agree with your post! If you (or anybody else reading this!) are interested in participating in some paid reserach, I would be thrilled to have you come into the lab.
I'm at King's College in London, UK and can be reached at email@example.com
wish I could, but I'm in the US.
Alexithymia - emotional blindness - is a personal trait which affects roughly 10% of the population.
Alexithymia describes the difficulty of people to perceive and describe emotions of others and themselves. Most persons concerned are not aware about this deficit and usually they are just recognizing it in contact with others, especially close friends, within their family or their partner.
These pages should deliver additional information about Alexithymia and offer information for affected persons, relatives and generally interested people.