Alexithymia: a further exploration of its nomological network
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Alexithymia
Abstract: 

The present studies were designed in order to obtain a better understanding of the nomological network of the alexithymia concept. In study I, the links between alexithymia, coping, and self-rated health were explored. As predicted, strong negative correlations were found between alexithymia and the expression of emotions, daydreams and fantasies, and planful and rational actions. Contrary to expectations, no clear associations were found with self-reported health status. In study II, the focus was on links with personality, temperament, and self-reported (susceptibility to) homesickness. Although some correlations reached statistical significance, all were rather modest. The most remarkable finding was the independence of alexithymia and neuroticism. In study III, the associations between alexithymia and aspects of love experiences were examined, again yielding low correlations. It is concluded that alexithymia is relatively independent of temperament and personality. In addition, it is suggested that the association between alexithymia and the experience of positive emotions deserves further exploration.

Author(s): 
Vingerhoets, A. J.
Van Heck, G. L.
Grim, R.
Bermond, B.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Journal Abbreviation: 
Psychother Psychosom
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Year: 
1995
Pages: 
32-42
Volume: 
64
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
0033-3190
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 7480581

Turabian/Chicago Citation

A. J. Vingerhoets, G. L. Van Heck, R. Grim and B. Bermond. 1995. "Alexithymia: a further exploration of its nomological network." Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 64: 1: 32-42.

Wikipedia Citation

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