Title of Presentation Proposal

A Fifth Component: Updating the Concept of Alextithymia

Presenter Information

Shu Ling MAFollow

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

In this presentation, I will critique the current conceptualization, and argue for a fifth component – motivation to be added to the construct of alexithymia. Based on the literature, I will demonstrate that, for some individuals, the cost of engaging in emotional perception or awareness is higher than others. Consequently, they are motivated to selectively engage in emotional experiences and “develop” alexithymia. I will review possible prospects and benefits of incorporating motivation in the construct of alexithymia, and offer some relevant clinical, research, social justice implications for counseling psychologists who work with alexithymia.

Start Date

4-14-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

4-14-2018 9:20 AM

Location

2nd Floor

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Apr 14th, 8:30 AM Apr 14th, 9:20 AM

A Fifth Component: Updating the Concept of Alextithymia

2nd Floor

In this presentation, I will critique the current conceptualization, and argue for a fifth component – motivation to be added to the construct of alexithymia. Based on the literature, I will demonstrate that, for some individuals, the cost of engaging in emotional perception or awareness is higher than others. Consequently, they are motivated to selectively engage in emotional experiences and “develop” alexithymia. I will review possible prospects and benefits of incorporating motivation in the construct of alexithymia, and offer some relevant clinical, research, social justice implications for counseling psychologists who work with alexithymia.