Definitions

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  • n. deficiency in understanding, processing, or describing emotions

Etymologies

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Coined by psychotherapist Peter Sifneos in 1973. The word comes from the Ancient Greek words λέξις (lexis, "diction", "word") and θυμός (thumos, "soul, as the seat of emotion, feeling, and thought") modified by an alpha-privative, literally meaning "without words for emotions".

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  • Can't we just describe someone as alexithymic?

    June 29, 2008