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Current Developments in Alexithymia - A Cognitive and Affective Deficit
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Editors: Ricardo João Teixeira, Bob Bermond and Peter Paul Moormann (University of Aveiro, Department of Education and Psychology, Portugal; Coordinator of Clinical Psychology, Clínica da Ordem, Porto, Portugal, and others)
Book Description:
Current Developments in Alexithymia - A Cognitive and Affective Deficit is a book that aims to establish a tangible synthesis between aspects that sometimes disorient the clinician – and allow for framing in some others – that are considered as central in the research necessary in this field. Since the original definition was coined by Sifnéos and Nemiah, alexithymia has been found to be associated with a broad range of somatic and psychiatric disorders, and the concept has been refined theoretically speaking. Alexithymia is now accepted as an affective deficit and a normally distributed multifaceted personality variable characterized by impairments in the ability to experience and symbolize one’s own and other’s emotions. The alexithymia construct retains important relevance for affective, social and cognitive neuroscientific research as it is tightly linked to the understanding of mechanisms of cognitive and affective processing, emotional awareness and social interaction. Alexithymia has gained increased attention as a possible vulnerability factor for a variety of medical and psychopathological disorders. Collectively, alexithymic facets have been shown to reflect deficits in the capacity to process and consciously experience emotions as well as to regulate emotional states through cognitive processes. The present book presents current findings, reviews and models on affective and cognitive mechanisms of alexithymia in healthy and clinical samples, offering some new reflections and orientations for academics and clinicians in fields such as clinical and health psychology, counseling psychology, psychiatry, social work, and psychiatric nursing. (Nova)

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“Current developments in alexithymia – A cognitive and affective deficit”, is a book not only about review and summing up the current knowledge on alexithymia. It also stands out by itself as a step further on different alexithymia related issues that come to contribute to better elucidate the concept within the broader context of affect (dys)regulation. A must read to all those, clinicians and researchers, who are deeply involved in mental health and well-being.” - Ramiro Veríssimo, M.D., Ph.D., University of Porto, Portugal

"The volume is a comprehensive though synthetic, updated and thoughtful review of general concepts and of several specific applications (somatic pathologies, general health, sexual behavior) of the alexithymia construct. Fully appreciable is its adherence to the genuine, original features of its definition, such as being dimensional vs. categorical, and a personality trait (or an emotional cognitive style) rather than a further category of pathology to be added to the other hundreds listed in the DSM. Different types of alexithymia are recognized, possibly linked with different neurophysiological alterations, not to be seen as primary, but possibly due to relational dysfunctions. A large number of empirical studies are critically examined, in the light of consistent theories." - Luigi Solano, M.D., Ph.D., Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

“Researchers are discovering day after day interesting news, and this book succeeds in giving a complete and comprehensive up-to date. “Current developments in alexithymia - A cognitive and affective deficit” integrates new researches with interesting implications for clinical practice. It is well organized because it does not only describe and revise studies in literature and already published, but presents and analyzes innovative components linked to alexithymia. For example, there are studies on the association between alexithymia and the pathological paradox of the paranormal, or personality and neurological disorders and some chapters are focused on the development of the construct based on age and gender. This book deepens the study of emotional and cognitive characteristics of alexithymia, and it also examines cognitive, behavioral and neuropsychological features, providing the reader with a general but detailed knowledge of the subject. This work can be a useful guide both for experienced clinicians, who just known this psychological construct and want to increase their knowledge and stay up-to-date on the subject, and for the beginners, who do not have much practical experiences and want to increase self-consciousness and approach to this fascinating topic.” - Vincenzo Guidetti M.D., Ph.D., Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

"A must-read for anyone seriously interested in alexithymia research." - Richard D. Lane, M.D., Ph.D., University or Arizona, USA

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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Interpersonal Emotion (DYS) Regulation in Alexithymia and the Importance of Dispositional Mindfulness (pp. 1-34)
(Ricardo João Teixeira, Rute Pinto, Jorge Mota-Pereira and Anabela Pereira)

Chapter 2. Alexithymia, Embodiment of Emotions and Interoceptive Abilities (pp. 35-52)
(Cristina Scarpazza and Giuseppe di Pellegrino)

Chapter 3. Pathological Paradox of the Paranormal and Alexithymia (pp. 53-72)
(Peter Paul Moormann, Ferry van Putten, Hans Gerding and Bob Bermond)

Chapter 4. Alexithymia and the Relational Competence of Intimate Relationships in Regard to Gender and Age in a Nonclinical Population (pp. 73-106)
(Walter Colesso and Mario Cusinato)

Chapter 5. Alexithymia and Sexual/Reproductive Behavior: What Are the Relationships? (pp. 107-120)
(Stefano Eleuteri, Roberta Rossi and Chiara Simonelli)

Chapter 6. Alexithymia: Relationships with Neurobiological and Immune Variables in Patients with Epilepsy (pp. 121-130)
(Vladimir V. Kalinin, Kirill Y. Subbotin and Natalia G. Yermakova)

Chapter 7. The Role of Alexithymia Traits in Compulsive Skin Picking Behaviors (pp. 131-146)
(Andrea Pozza)

Chapter 8. The Impact of Past Trauma on Psychological Distress: The Role of Alexithymia (pp. 147-172)
(Siqi Fang and Man Cheung Chung)

Chapter 9. Alexithymia and Illness: Towards a Psychosomatic Perspective of Emotion Regulation Deficits (pp. 173-194)
(Marco Torrado, Susana Eusébio and Sílvia Ouakinin)

Chapter 10. Alexithymia and Somatization in Primary Healthcare (pp. 195-218)
(Vera M. Almeida, Annemiek van Dijke and Ricardo João Teixeira)

Chapter 11. The Impact of Alexithymia Types on Somatization When Controlling for Gender and Psychological Distress (pp. 219-236)
(Peter Paul Moormann, Véronique De Gucht, Willem Heiser and Bob Bermond)

Chapter 12. Alexithymia Types in Borderline Personality Disorder and Somatic Symptom Disorder (pp. 237-260)
(Annemiek van Dijke)

Chapter 13. Evidence for the Validity of the TAIS Attentional Dimensions from the Perspective of Alexithymia Types and the Big Five Model (pp. 261-288)
(Peter Paul Moormann, Bob Bermond, Julisa Jones, Chantal Baader and Henk ten Voorde)

Chapter 14. Alexithymia Types and Empathy (pp. 289-312)
(Peter Paul Moormann, Bob Bermond, Francine Albach and Savvidou Lamprini)

Chapter 15. Neuroscientific Evidence for Different Facets, Dimensions, and Types of Alexithymia (pp. 313-328)
(Katharina S. Goerlich)

Chapter 16. Towards a Personality Typology: Alexithymia Types and Corresponding Personality Styles (pp. 329-374)
(Bob Bermond, Harrie Vorst and Peter Paul Moormann)

Chapter 17. The Bermond-Vorst Alexithymia Questionnaire (BVAQ) (pp. 375-384)
(Bob Bermond, Paul Oosterveld, Peter Paul Moormann and Harrie Vorst)

About the Editors (pp. 385-386)

Index (pp. 387)

Total Pages: 398

      Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2018 - March
   ISBN: 978-1-53613-305-9
   Status: AV
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