The alexithymia construct. A potential paradigm for psychosomatic medicine.

  title={The alexithymia construct. A potential paradigm for psychosomatic medicine.},
  author={Graeme J. Taylor and Robert Michael Bagby and James D. A. Parker},
  volume={32 2},
During the past decade, the alexithymia construct has undergone theoretical refinement and empirical testing and has evolved into a potential new paradigm for understanding the influence of emotions and personality on physical illness and health. Like the traditional psychosomatic medicine paradigm, the alexithymia construct links susceptibility to disease with prolonged states of emotional arousal. But whereas the traditional paradigm emphasizes intrapsychic conflicts that are presumed to… CONTINUE READING

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