Potrà sembrare strano, ma la capacità di riconoscere e dare voce alle nostre emozioni sembra direttamente collegato al nostro bisogno di costruire relazioni nelle varie fasi della nostra vita.

Colesso, W., & Cusinato, M. (2018). Alexithymia and the Relational Competence of Intimate Relationships in Regard to Gender and Age in a Nonclinical Population. In R.J. Texeira, B. Bermond, & P.P. Moormann (Eds). Current Developments in Alexithymia – A Cognitive and Emotional Deficit. (pp. 73-106). New York: Nova Publishers.


The aim of our empirical research is to investigate the gender differences in cognitive alexithymia (TAS-20; Bagby, Parker, & Taylor, 1994) and the Relational Competence (RC) of ERAAwC model (Relational Answer Questionnaire-short form or RAQ-2011-R; Cusinato&L’Abate, 2012) for the different age groups, and to explore how they are associated for males and females.

The ERAAwCmodel (acronym of Emotionality, Rationality, Activity, Awareness and Context, as labeled in the first edition, in the 2001) is one of the sixteen models that together form the Relational Competence Theory (RCT; L’Abate, 2005; L’Abate, Cusinato, Maino, Colesso, &Scilletta, 2010). RCT is a theory derived from the clinical area of family therapy, evolved through the systemic and successive systematic approach, and that took form within the psychology of family and relationships. Our intent is to study alexithymia from a cognitive and the relational competence perspective.