Disorders of Affect Regulation: Alexithymia in Medical and by Graeme J. Taylor

By Graeme J. Taylor

This paintings offers a wholly new point of view on emotional affects on psychological and actual health and wellbeing. The authors current present pondering at the improvement and legislation of feelings and argue that a number of universal yet tough to regard psychiatric health problems, together with drug addictions, consuming problems, panic sickness, and posttraumatic rigidity problems, are a final result of an individual's lack of ability to control distressing feelings via psychological tactics. additionally they develop a version during which dysregulated feelings may well adjust different physically platforms and thereby give a contribution to the advance of actual health problems and illnesses. The ebook is generously illustrated all through with scientific vignettes and gives descriptions of cutting edge healing techniques. This quantity becomes a important and stimulating reference for clinicians and researchers alike.

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Although the salient features of the construct can be distinguished conceptually, they are related logically: the ability to identify and communicate feelings to others is obviously contingent on an ability to distinguish one's feelings from the bodily sensations that accompany emotional states; and an externally orientated cognitive style reflects an absence of inner thoughts and fantasies, as well as a low range of emotional expressiveness. It should be emphasized also that alexithymia is conceptualized not as a categorical (all-or-none) phenomenon, but as a dimensional construct (or personality trait) that is distributed normally in the general population.

Scenes of violence or perverse sexuality) or they merely replay a daytime experience without the usual dream work of symbolization, condensation, and displacement (Levitan, 1989; Taylor, 1987^). Even without these additional characteristics, alexithymia is conceptualized as a multifaceted construct. Although the salient features of the construct can be distinguished conceptually, they are related logically: the ability to identify and communicate feelings to others is obviously contingent on an ability to distinguish one's feelings from the bodily sensations that accompany emotional states; and an externally orientated cognitive style reflects an absence of inner thoughts and fantasies, as well as a low range of emotional expressiveness.

However, while these characteristics often are associated with alexithymia, they are not part of the theoretical core of the construct. Indeed, as we will describe in Chapter 3, social conformity, a tendency toward action, and the ability to recall dreams did not emerge as essential features of 29 30 M. BAGBY AND G. TAYLOR alexithymia in the process of validating the construct. Clinical experience suggests it is the quality of dreams more than the ability to recall them that best characterises alexithymia.

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