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Associations among alexithymia, positive and negative emotions, and self-defeating personality.

Authors
  • Yelsma, Paul1
  • 1 School of Communication, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychological reports
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2007
Volume
100
Issue
2
Pages
575–584
Identifiers
PMID: 17564235
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study examined the associations among 210 college students' alexithymia scores and three emotional orientation scores. Students completed the following three self-report instruments: 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale, 20-item Positive and Negative Affect Scale, and 24-item Self-defeating Personality Scale. As predicted, a linear regression model indicated that alexithymia was associated with negative emotional activation, self-defeating personality, and inversely associated with positive emotional activation. These three affect orientations accounted for 27% of the variance associated with subjects' cognitive-affective communication difficulties expressing their emotions. A second linear regression model indicated that negative emotion activation was significantly associated with self-defeating personality, and positive emotion activation was significantly inversely associated with self-defeating personality.

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