The Body Keeps Score: alexithymia

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Psychiatrists call this phenomenon alexithymia—Greek for not having words for feelings.
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Many traumatized children and adults simply cannot describe what they are feeling because they cannot identify what their physical sensations mean.
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They may look furious but deny that they are angry;
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they may appear terrified but say that they are fine.
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Not being able to discern what is going on inside their bodies causes them to be out of touch with their needs,
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and they have trouble taking care of themselves,
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whether it involves eating the right amount at the right time or getting the sleep they need.
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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Laurie Schuler on September 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you Marty. I hear you 🙂

  2. Posted by chickenlittle2017 on September 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    DVT

  3. Posted by chickenlittle2017 on September 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Reread

    Thank you Marty. This is good information to know and understand.

    DVT

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