Alexithymia is a sub-clinical condition characterized by impaired awareness of emotions. People suffering from alexithymia are not able to identify, conceptualize and thus verbalize their emotions; in emotionally salient situations they perceive bodily states instead of emotions. On the basis of an analysis of alexithymia, we argue that a purely cognitive perspective on emotions is implausible and that feelings are needed in order to identify, recognize, and label our emotions. We also point out that identification, recognition, and labeling of our emotions cannot rely solely on rough feelings related to our bodily states. This supports the view that emotional feelings are second order feelings obtained by processing – by blending and integrating – feelings derived from our bodily states. Moreover, the case of alexithymia shows that – at least in certain cases – our access consciousness depends on phenomenal consciousness, i.e., on the qualitative and introspectively accessible aspects of our experience.

Was bedeutet Alexithymie für die Erforschung von Emotionen und Bewusstsein? / Dellantonio, Sara; Pastore, Luigi. - STAMPA. - (2023), pp. 117-136.

Was bedeutet Alexithymie für die Erforschung von Emotionen und Bewusstsein?

Dellantonio, Sara
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Pastore, Luigi
2023-01-01

Abstract

Alexithymia is a sub-clinical condition characterized by impaired awareness of emotions. People suffering from alexithymia are not able to identify, conceptualize and thus verbalize their emotions; in emotionally salient situations they perceive bodily states instead of emotions. On the basis of an analysis of alexithymia, we argue that a purely cognitive perspective on emotions is implausible and that feelings are needed in order to identify, recognize, and label our emotions. We also point out that identification, recognition, and labeling of our emotions cannot rely solely on rough feelings related to our bodily states. This supports the view that emotional feelings are second order feelings obtained by processing – by blending and integrating – feelings derived from our bodily states. Moreover, the case of alexithymia shows that – at least in certain cases – our access consciousness depends on phenomenal consciousness, i.e., on the qualitative and introspectively accessible aspects of our experience.
2023
Beckermann, Ansgar; Berio, Leda; Dellantonio, Sara; Lenzen, Wolfgang; Mayer, Uwe; Mossner, Carnem; Newen, Albert; Nortmann, Ulrich; Paskaleva-Yankova, Asena; Pastore, Luigi; Ratcliffe, Matthew; Scarantino, Andrea; Sing Yuen, Hin; Slaby, Jan; von Maur, Imke; Walter, Henrik; Walter, Sven; Wilutzky, Wendy; Zoerlein, Luu
Wozu Gefühle? Philosophische Reflexionen für Achim Stephan
Leiden
Brill
978-3-96975-292-0
Dellantonio, Sara; Pastore, Luigi
Was bedeutet Alexithymie für die Erforschung von Emotionen und Bewusstsein? / Dellantonio, Sara; Pastore, Luigi. - STAMPA. - (2023), pp. 117-136.
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