Do alexithymic individuals avoid their feelings? Experiential avoidance mediates the association between alexithymia, psychosomatic, and depressive symptoms in a community and a clinical sample.

TitleDo alexithymic individuals avoid their feelings? Experiential avoidance mediates the association between alexithymia, psychosomatic, and depressive symptoms in a community and a clinical sample.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
JournalComprehensive psychiatry
Volume56
Pagination206-16
Date Published2015 Jan
ISSN0010-440X
AbstractAlexithymia is defined as the trait associated with difficulty in identifying and describing feelings as well as poor fantasy and imagery. While alexithymia is related to psychopathology in general, it has been associated with increased reporting of medically unexplained symptoms and depression in particular. This study attempts to assess the extent to which alexithymia represents a learned, avoidant coping strategy against unwanted emotions. In this way the study aims to identify a potential mechanism that may elucidate the relationship between alexithymia and psychological symptoms.
URLhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0010-440X(14)00257-0
DOI10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.09.006
PubMed Linkhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25263517?dopt=Abstract
Short TitleCompr Psychiatry