Online Alexithymia Test

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Question 1: When asked which emotion I'm feeling, I frequently don't know the answer.

Question 2: I'm unsure of which words to use when describing my feelings.

Question 3: I prefer to find out the emotional intricacies of my problems rather than just describe them in terms of practical facts.

Question 4: When other people are hurt or upset, I have difficulty imagining what they are feeling.

Question 5: People tell me to describe my feelings more, as if I haven't elaborated enough.

Question 6: Sex as a recreational activity seems kind of pointless.

Question 7: I can describe my emotions with ease.

Question 8: You cannot functionally live your life without being aware of your deepest emotions.

Question 9: People sometimes get upset with me, and I can't imagine why.

Question 10: People tell me I don't listen to their feelings properly, when in fact I'm doing my utmost to understand what they're saying!

Question 11: When I am upset I find it difficult to identify the feelings causing it.

Question 12: Describing the feelings I have about other people is often difficult.

Question 13: I prefer doing physical activities with friends rather than discussing each others emotional experiences.

Question 14: I am not much of a daydreamer.

Question 15: I don't like people's constant assumptions that I should understand or guess their needs... its as if they want me to read their minds!

Question 16: I sometimes experience confusing sensations in my body.

Question 17: For me sex is more a functional activity than it is an emotional one.

Question 18: Some people have told me I am cold or unresponsive to their needs.

Question 19: I don't dream frequently, and when I do the dreams usually seem rather boring.

Question 20: Friends have indicated, in one way or another, that I'm more in my head than in my heart.

Question 21: I can't identify feelings that I vaguely sense are going on inside of me.

Question 22: I often ask other people what they would feel if in my personal situation (any situation), as this better helps me understand what to do.

Question 23: I find it useful to ponder on my feelings as much as the practical issues when setting my priorities.

Question 24: I use my imagination mainly for practical means, eg., like how to work out a problem or construct a useful idea or object.

Question 25: I often feel incompetent, awkward, uncomfortable, or occasionally physically sick in sexual situations.

Question 26: When involved in difficult or turbulent relationships, I sometimes develop confusing physical symptoms.

Question 27: I tend to rely on other people for interpreting the emotional details of personal/social events.

Question 28: I don\t like conversations in which more time is spent discussing emotional matters than daily activities because it detracts from my enjoyment.

Question 29: I often get confused about what the other person wants from a sexual relationship.

Question 30: People I've been in close relationships with have complained that I neglect them emotionally.

Question 31: I like it when someone describes the feelings they experience under circumstances similar to my own, because this helps me see what my own feelings might be.

Question 32: My imagination is often spontaneous, unpredictable and involuntary.

Question 33: When helping others I prefer to assist with physical tasks rather than offering counsel about their feelings.

Question 34: I have puzzling physical sensations that even friends/aquaintances/others don't understand.

Question 35: I get in a muddle when I try to describe how I feel about an important event.

Question 36: My imagination is usually not spontaneous and surprising, but rather used/employed in a more controlled fashion.

Question 37: I make decisions based on principles rather than gut feelings.

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Alexithymia - emotional blindness - is a personality trait characterized by the inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. Core characteristics of alexithymia are marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relationship.
Alexithymia is prevalent in approximately 10% of the general population and is known to be comorbid with a number of psychiatric conditions. Due the inability to cope with feelings and emotions as described in psychology there are counseling services to establish mental health.
Psychologist have argued that the alexithymia construct is strongly related to the concepts of psychological mindedness and emotional intelligence.
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