Current Developments in Alexithymia – A Cognitive and Affective Deficit

Ricardo João Teixeira (Editor)
University of Aveiro, Department of Education and Psychology, Portugal

Bob Bermond (Editor)
University of Amsterdam, Department of Psychology, The Netherlands

Peter Paul Moormann (Editor)
Leiden University, Department of Psychology, Section of Clinical Psychology, Health, and Neuropsychology, The Netherlands

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology
BISAC: PSY008000

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Current Developments in Alexithymia: A Cognitive and Affective Deficit is a book that aims to establish a tangible synthesis between aspects that sometimes disorient the clinician – and allow for framing in some others – that are considered as central in the research necessary in this field. Since the original definition was coined by Sifnéos and Nemiah, alexithymia has been found to be associated with a broad range of somatic and psychiatric disorders, and the concept has been refined theoretically speaking. Alexithymia is now accepted as an affective deficit and a normally distributed multifaceted personality variable characterized by impairments in the ability to experience and symbolize one’s own and other’s emotions. The alexithymia construct retains important relevance for affective, social and cognitive neuroscientific research as it is tightly linked to the understanding of mechanisms of cognitive and affective processing, emotional awareness and social interaction. Alexithymia has gained increased attention as a possible vulnerability factor for a variety of medical and psychopathological disorders. Collectively, alexithymic facets have been shown to reflect deficits in the capacity to process and consciously experience emotions as well as to regulate emotional states through cognitive processes. The present book presents current findings, reviews and models on affective and cognitive mechanisms of alexithymia in healthy and clinical samples, offering some new reflections and orientations for academics and clinicians in fields such as clinical and health psychology, counseling psychology, psychiatry, social work, and psychiatric nursing.

Preface

Chapter 1. Interpersonal Emotion (DYS) Regulation in Alexithymia and the Importance of Dispositional Mindfulness
(Ricardo João Teixeira, Rute Pinto, Jorge Mota-Pereira and Anabela Pereira, University of Aveiro, Department of Education and Psychology, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 2. Alexithymia, Embodiment of Emotions and Interoceptive Abilities
(Cristina Scarpazza and Giuseppe di Pellegrino, Department of General Psychology, University of Padua, Italy, and others)

Chapter 3. Pathological Paradox of the Paranormal and Alexithymia
(Peter Paul Moormann, Ferry van Putten, Hans Gerding and Bob Bermond, Leiden University, Department of Psychology, Section of Clinical Psychology, Health, and Neuropsychology, The Netherlands, and others)

Chapter 4. Alexithymia and the Relational Competence of Intimate Relationships in Regard to Gender and Age in a Nonclinical Population
(Walter Colesso and Mario Cusinato, Psy-Laboratory, Family Center Foundation, Treviso, Italy)

Chapter 5. Alexithymia and Sexual/Reproductive Behavior: What Are the Relationships?
(Stefano Eleuteri, Roberta Rossi and Chiara Simonelli, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy, and others)

Chapter 6. Alexithymia: Relationships with Neurobiological and Immune Variables in Patients with Epilepsy
(Vladimir V. Kalinin, Kirill Y. Subbotin and Natalia G. Yermakova, Department of Brain Organic Disorders and Epilepsy, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry, Ministry of Healthcare of Russian Federation, Russia)

Chapter 7. The Role of Alexithymia Traits in Compulsive Skin Picking Behaviors
(Andrea Pozza, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, Italy)

Chapter 8. The Impact of Past Trauma on Psychological Distress: The Role of Alexithymia
(Siqi Fang and Man Cheung Chung, Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 9. Alexithymia and Illness: Towards a Psychosomatic Perspective of Emotion Regulation Deficits
(Marco Torrado, Susana Eusébio and Sílvia Ouakinin, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Medicine - Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Portugal)

Chapter 10. Alexithymia and Somatization in Primary Healthcare
(Vera M. Almeida, Annemiek van Dijke and Ricardo João Teixeira, CESPU, Institute of Research and Advanced Training in Health Sciences and Technologies, Gandra, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 11. The Impact of Alexithymia Types on Somatization When Controlling for Gender and Psychological Distress
(Peter Paul Moormann, Véronique De Gucht, Willem Heiser and Bob Bermond, Leiden University, Department of Psychology, Section of Clinical Psychology, Health, and Neuropsychology, The Netherlands, and others)

Chapter 12. Alexithymia Types in Borderline Personality Disorder and Somatic Symptom Disorder
(Annemiek van Dijke, VU University Amsterdam, Department of Movement and Behavior Sciences, The Netherlands)

Chapter 13. Evidence for the Validity of the TAIS Attentional Dimensions from the Perspective of Alexithymia Types and the Big Five Model
(Peter Paul Moormann, Bob Bermond, Julisa Jones, Chantal Baader and Henk ten Voorde, Leiden University, Department of Psychology, Section of Clinical Psychology, Health, and Neuropsychology, The Netherlands, and others)

Chapter 14. Alexithymia Types and Empathy
(Peter Paul Moormann, Bob Bermond, Francine Albach and Savvidou Lamprini, Leiden University, Department of Psychology, Section of Clinical Psychology, Health, and Neuropsychology, The Netherlands)

Chapter 15. Neuroscientific Evidence for Different Facets, Dimensions, and Types of Alexithymia
(Katharina S. Goerlich, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany)

Chapter 16. Towards a Personality Typology: Alexithymia Types and Corresponding Personality Styles
(Bob Bermond, Harrie Vorst and Peter Paul Moormann, University of Amsterdam, Psychology, Department of Brain and Cognition, The Netherlands, and others)

Chapter 17. The Bermond-Vorst Alexithymia Questionnaire (BVAQ)
(Bob Bermond, Paul Oosterveld, Peter Paul Moormann and Harrie Vorst, University of Amsterdam, Psychology, Department of Brain and Cognition, The Netherlands)

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