Alexithymia: Many Athletes Have It

May 21, 2014

Suck it up. Don't whine. Don't complain. Don't be a wuss.

This is how athletes are often taught to deal with negative emotions.

Suppressing one's emotions is helpful at times. But not always.

The inability to express feelings in words is a problem.

In fact, it is called Alexithymia.

It is common among athletes.

Too often athletes lack the vocabulary to accurately describe the emotions they are experiencing.

Communication breakdowns with other people often occur.

Fortunately, Alexithymia is curable.

Some good "inner work" with a counselor helps treat it.

Expand your emotional vocabulary. End Alexithymia.