What is Alexithymia? Using Factor Analysis to Establish its Latent Structure and Relationship with Fantasizing and Emotional Reactivity.

  title={What is Alexithymia? Using Factor Analysis to Establish its Latent Structure and Relationship with Fantasizing and Emotional Reactivity.},
  author={David A. Preece and Rodrigo Becerra and Ken Robinson and Alfred Allan and Mark E. Boyes and Wai Chen and Penelope A. Hasking and James Jonathan Gross},
  journal={Journal of personality},
OBJECTIVE There is ongoing uncertainty about the structure and definition of alexithymia. Conceptually, alexithymia has traditionally been defined as a multidimensional trait with four components: difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings, externally orientated thinking, and difficulty fantasizing. However, some authors suggest that difficulty fantasizing might not be a component, and others suggest low emotional reactivity is a fifth component. In this study, we sought to… 

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