Alexithymia is the inability to identify emotions in oneself and others. People with this condition lack awareness of specific feelings and may mix up emotions and physical sensations. Alexithymia is also associated with a lack of emotional attachment. Experts do not consider it a mental disorder but rather a personality trait, though it can occur in conjunction with mental disorders and shares some traits. Alexithymia also occurs on a spectrum, similar to autism; some people are more affected by the condition than others.
The symptoms or features of alexithymia include
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