Ego defensive styles and alexithymia: A discriminant validation study

T. N. Wise, L. S. Mann, S. Epstein

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Fifty-six mildly depressed psychiatric outpatients were evaluated for alexithymia measured by the Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Each subject also completed a Defensive Style Questionnaire that assessed the maturity of their ego defenses. Alexithymia was strongly associated with immature ego defenses, but not with depression. The data suggests that alexithymia and such primitive defensive operations are separate phenomena. These findings empirically support earlier observations regarding the nature of alexithymia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-145
Number of pages5
JournalPsychotherapy and psychosomatics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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