Alexithymia and Somatic Symptoms

  • Gen KomakiEmail author


A person’s limited ability to understand, process, or describe his/her feelings is referred to as alexithymia, literally “no words for feelings.” This concept was first introduced by Sifneos [1] and was formulated from observations of psychosomatic patients who had deficits in their ability to identify, describe, and work with their own feelings as well as having difficulty in distinguishing between their feelings and their bodily sensations. In addition to these deficits, the concept of alexithymia also includes a very limited fantasy life and a cognitive style that is excessively focused on external details.


Emotional Regulation Somatic Symptom Panic Disorder Emotional Awareness Panic Symptom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health Sciences at FukuokaInternational University of Health and WelfareFukuokaJapan

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