Let’s talk alexithymia

The official awareness ribbon for alexithymia, dark grey/gray

Alexithymia (pronounced: alex-ih-thigh-ma) is estimated to affect less than 10% of the population. Officially it’s known as the deficiency that means the person with this has the inability to identify and express or describe their own feelings on a "genuine" level (describing emotions in detail might feel like a "foreign concept" to them).

Below are some quick facts about it and anecdotal remarks:

  • Common symptoms involve: lack of empathy towards mass media characters (TV shows, movies, comic books, books, video games, etc), "creative" or "imaginative" tasks might be particularly difficult (creative writing, visual art, prefromance art, etc), have a difficult time distinguishing between emotions and bodily sensations, and see things from an extreme logical point of view (for example if a friend asked them for breakup advice, they might ask the friend how much money was invested into the relationship rather than addressing the feelings involved)

I’m a queer adopted healthcare worker who writers in their spare time. I have a MPH degree.

I’m a queer adopted healthcare worker who writers in their spare time. I have a MPH degree.