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Alexithymia Scale

Do your emotions ever feel elusive to you? If so, you might be struggling with 'alexithymia.' Take this test to find out.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | March 22, 2024

Alexithymia, a psychological concept coined in the 1970s, refers to a condition characterized by difficulties in identifying and describing emotions. Individuals with alexithymia often struggle to recognize their own feelings, as well as differentiate between their emotional experiences and bodily sensations. This condition can significantly impact various aspects of life, including interpersonal relationships, decision-making and overall well-being.

Identifying and measuring alexithymia is crucial. By recognizing individuals who may be experiencing alexithymia, appropriate interventions and support can be provided to address their unique emotional needs. Measuring alexithymia can additionally aid in assessing treatment effectiveness and tracking changes in emotional awareness and expression over time.

The Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) is one of the most widely used tools for assessing alexithymia. Developed by Bagby, Parker, and Taylor, this self-report questionnaire consists of 20 items designed to measure various aspects of alexithymia, including difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings and externally oriented thinking.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Bagby, R. M., Parker, J. D. A., & Taylor, G. J. (1993). The twenty-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale—I. Item selection and cross-cultural validation of the factor structure. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 38(1). 23-32.

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