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    The relationship between two types of impaired emotion processing: repressive coping and alexithymia

    Myers, L.B. and Derakhshan, Nazanin (2015) The relationship between two types of impaired emotion processing: repressive coping and alexithymia. Frontiers in Psychology 6 , ISSN 1664-1078.

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    Abstract

    The constructs of repressive coping and alexithymia are both related to impaired emotion processing, yet individuals with a repressive coping style (repressors) score lower than controls on standard self-report measures of alexithymia. A large body of evidence indicates that repressors avoid negative affect. Therefore, the current study examined the relationship between repressive coping and alexithymia by using independently-rated interviews with the aim of bypassing repressors’ tendency of avoiding negative affect. Results showed that repressors scored high on alexithymia, similar to anxious individuals on the independently-rated interview, but scored low on alexithymia on a questionnaire measure. Our findings confirm a link between alexithymia and repressive coping and stress the need for non-standard measures in exploring the nature of the relationship between repressive coping and alexithymia.

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