Not sure if you’d be the best person to ask this to, but pinging you since you’re the only one I’ve interacted with, here
My question needs some context first, as follows.
Source one (you can take it as a TL;DR):
Alexithymia is a broad term to describe problems with feeling emotions . In fact, this Greek term used in Freudian psychodynamic theories loosely translates to “no words for emotion.”
Alexithymia is a personality trait characterized by the inability to identify and describe emotions experienced by oneself.
High levels of alexithymia occur in approximately 10% of the population and can occur with a number of psychiatric conditions as well as any neurodevelopmental disorder.
Typical deficiencies may include problems identifying, processing, describing, and working with one’s own feelings, often marked by a lack of understanding of the feelings of others; difficulty distinguishing between feelings and the bodily sensations of emotional arousal; confusion of physical sensations often associated with emotions; few dreams or fantasies due to restricted imagination; and concrete, realistic,
logical thinking, often to the exclusion of emotional responses to problems.
And I complement that with my own experience, leading to the question: I’ve been mostly unclear on what to “answer” for the bubbles quiz, so I end up putting mostly the same answers. Usually:
- (Biggest bubble) indifferent — although that’s not quite accurate because indifference is an emotional state/reaction, while with Alexithymia it feels just nothing. Just absence of emotions. It’s not like that “emptiness” some describe while depressive, because that would be an emotional state. It’s just nothing. There’s nothing there, most the time;
- my body feels a bit tired or a bit sworn, but I’m just that’s just due to some mussels in my back that a weaker than they should;
- sometime a bit of anxiety. I recognize this one because I can read its body symptoms — like: I notice my heart rate increase; I feel a temperature difference (colder) spreading from my heart into several directions then some parts of the body responds to it — like hands get colder and sweaty; I feel like a knot in the stomach; etc.
My point and question is: not having accurate answers to the bubbles quiz, does that impacts the study? If so, do you think we could replace — or at least complement — that quiz with one that focus on physical symptoms?