After the article about ASCs, alexithymia, etc - whatever it was called - then I looked up alexithymia because I was intrigued about it, and I found almost NO information, and what I did find was mostly just copied and repeated from one site to the next. But basically it is not being able to express emotions in words, and some places also said it was about not knowing what your emotions were, which ones you were experiencing, and getting them confused with other sensations, and with physical sensations. I found this quiz, which gives you a score of possibly "having" this or not.
Scoring works like this (I had to score it manually as it didn't work for me by clicking the button, there is also an alternative link you can click near the "score" button if it doesn't work on your computer, but I didn't want it to wipe my answers and wasn't sure whether it would, or if I'd be able to refer back to them or what - maybe test it with just a few answers filled in if you are worried it might not work).
Maximum possible score is 185. This test uses cutoff scoring: equal to or less than 94 = non-alexithymia, equal to or greater than 113 = alexithymia. Scores of 95 to 112 = possible alexithymia. Forcing a respondent to give an answer to each question may cause frustration because it is quite possible that a particular question just doesn't apply, thus disrupting the flow of the process. For this reason, unanswered questions are defaulted as "undecided" and given a medium score of 3.
I got 129, which is a fair amount above the cut-off of 113. Since there is little discussion on it available, it's hard to really compare with descriptions to see how you feel the score compares with actuality. Also, what does it mean/matter? I'm not sure...
In some ways, it is hard to know whether or not it is difficult to express emotions in words, because how often do I actually express them anyway? There are not many examples to draw upon. And what do they mean by hard - how do I know what other people experience with these things?! Some of the questions are also difficult to answer because they ask you how others describe you - no one describes me as anything, so I don't have much info to go on there.
Anyway, there are various "resonances" with the descriptions I read, obviously as that's why I looked it up and did the quiz in the first place. But I don't think I shall write about them now.