Monday, June 13, 2011

Are you alexithymic?

On Friday, I'm going to be posting about alexithymia in us and in our characters. Alexithymia means "without words for emotions" but is a bit more complicated than that. Before I talk too much about it, though, how about heading to this online questionnaire and seeing if you have any alexithymic tendencies? (I've taken it myself. A box will pop up asking if you want to open or save; just click "open" and you can take the test, and at the end your score and its interpretation will appear). It takes about 3 minutes.

No need to share your score unless you really want to. It's just something to think about. And on Friday, I'll talk about what alexithymia is really about--and what writers should know about it when they're writing characters.

And, as it's Monday, don't forget to stop by Lydia's blog for her Medical Monday post, and then hop over to Laura's blog for her Mental Health Monday post!

33 comments:

  1. It doesn't appear to be a problem for me -- score 86 -- but looking at the indicators on the test, I might know a few people to whom it could apply! :)

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  2. I got a 69 - no indicators. I'm curious to see how this plays out in characters - I would have no idea how to write someone like this. It sounds like a psychopath.

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  3. My score was a 76; said I showed 'no-signs'. :) I think this is a great topic for character development. Gives us another avenue to take the reader. Great stuff.

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  4. I got 73. I'm also curious how this would work for characterizations. :D

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  5. Can't wait to see what your post on Friday will be. This is interesting.

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  6. How fun. I was 55--no alexithymia.

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  7. I passed (or failed)! Definitely not alexithymic. I may be the opposite.

    "I've frustrated and angry, with a pinch of helplessness mixed in."

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  8. I am looking forward to Friday's post. I'm not alexithymic, showed no signs of it apparently, which made me realize I never write characters who have this problem. It would be great to be able to have a character like this!

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  9. Maybe I should take this test for my MC... LOL :) I got an 86.

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  10. I received a 93. Though some things really hit home in that quiz. Hmmm. Can't wait to see more on this!

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  11. 73. Interesting! I wrote a character once who was exactly like the extreme alexithymic result. IT WAS SO HARD. Bizarrely, I spent twice as much time talking about his emotions, because he couldn't identify or control them, and he didn't enjoy the experience.

    Yay sociopathy. *eek*

    Dang, I didn't know there was a name for this...

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  12. I'll have to try that since I don't even know what it is. :P He he.

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  13. You increase my vocabulary, post by post.

    Non-alexithymic, as suspected. The first question about sex rather threw me. I wonder why they were in sprinkled throughout?

    Looking forward to Friday's post.

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  14. Wow... 122.

    You learn something new everyday! :P

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  15. Oooh, now I can't wait! Let's hope I score okay LOL:)

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  16. I'll wait to find out what it is on Friday before I decide whether I want to share my results.
    I can see how it would be hard to write a character who is very different from myself in this way.

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  17. I'll wait to find out what it means on Friday before I decide whether I want to share my results or not.
    I can see that it'd probably be hard to write a character who is very different from myself in this way.

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  18. (sorry about the accidental double post. It won't let me delete one of them now.)

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  19. Wow, mine was 114. I had no idea!!! Really looking forward to Friday's post!

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  20. Thanks for sharing! I'm off to take the test :D

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  21. So this means you're cold, robotic, a thinker-not-a-feeler, and basically an ass? I know plenty of people like that.

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  22. Alexithymia? Intriguing. Never heard of it before but very curious to learn more!

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  23. Mine was 104 but I kind of suspected that. Can't wait for Friday's post!

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  24. I got a 68. I was worried because I sometimes have a problem verbally telling people how I feel if I'm really upset. But I can share it in an e-mail or blog post much easier.

    I never heard of this before. But I got a better sense of what it was from the questions. While I was taking the quiz, I thought of a cousin of mine. Can this be in conjunction with other diseases or is Alexithymia its own separate disease?

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  25. 67 here. This is interesting! Looking forward to your Friday post.

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  26. I've not heard the term before but it is an interesting concept (is that the right word? lol)

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  27. Ive got a 154. I already knew i had alexithymiai was diagnosed with it when i was 16, but still decided to take it for curiosity, But never knew it would be so high.

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  28. Ive got a 154. I already knew i had alexithymiai was diagnosed with it when i was 16, but still decided to take it for curiosity, But never knew it would be so high. I am 20 now.

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  29. I got 151. Still skeptical, I want to be tested correctly by an expert on the subject, just to be sure. I'm only 17.

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  30. I scored 125, I suspected that I am alexithymic, hence I searched for an online test to understand myself more. Where can I get help next?

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