Toronto Alexithymia Scales (TAS 20)

Toronto Alexithymia Scales (TAS 20)
R. Michael Bagby‚ James D. A. Parker and Graeme J. Taylor‚. 1994
1. I am often confused about what emotion I am feeling
2. It is difficult for me to find the right words for my feelings
3. I have physical sensations that even doctors don’t understand
4. I am able to describe my feelings easily(R)
5. I prefer to analyze problems rather than just describe them (R)
6. When I am upset‚ I don’t know if I am sad‚ frightened‚ or angry
7. I am often puzzled by sensations in my body
8. I prefer to just let things happen rather than to understand why they turned out that way
9. I have feelings that I can’t quite identify
10. Being in touch with emotions is essential (R)
11. I find it hard to describe how I feel about people
12. People tell me to describe my feelings more
13. I don’t know what’s going on inside me
14. I often don’t know why I am angry
15. I prefer talking to people about their daily activities rather than their feelings
16. I prefer to watch “light” entertainment shows rather than psychological dramas
17. It’s difficult for me to reveal my innermost feelings‚ even to close friends
18. I can feel close to someone‚ even in moments of silence (R)
19. I find examination of my feelings useful in solving personal problems (R)
20. Looking for hidden meanings in movies or plays distracts from their enjoyment

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