Alexithymia (emotional awareness)

View transcript of past chats on this topic here: Apr 17, 2016 and Apr 5, 2016.

Questions:

This #autchat focuses on awareness of (or ability to describe) our own emotional states, including impairments labelled as Alexithymia. #autchat

A 2004 study found 85% of autistic adults have some difficulty with emotional self-awareness & almost half have severe difficulty. #autchat

(Source: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FB%3AJADD.0000022613.41399.14) #autchat

Alexithymia can occur in other neurodivergent conditions as well as in autism. #autchat

Q1: Do you have difficulties with recognising your own emotional states? Does this take you longer or work differently for you? #autchat

Q2: What does it take for you to become aware of an emotion that you usually have difficulty with recognising in yourself? #autchat

Q3: Are there any emotions that you can access or explain more easily than others? Do you have a ‘default’ emotional state? #autchat

Q4: Do your differences in emotional processing cause problems? How do they affect your life, including work and relationships? #autchat

Q5: Have you developed strategies for improving your emotional self-awareness or working around these impairments? #autchat

Questions for this chat were written by @quarridors.

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