Notes from a "crystallized" alexithymic. 52 years of age at discovery.
Alexithymics take the facts you give them and can work wonders with them.
But they don't "leap"?
My IQ has risen as I've learned more. I recognize more of the questions on the tests. I honestly believe that if some 200 IQ person sat down and explained how they did each question that I would forever forward score higher. Though probably not as high as 200.
No gods, No ghosts. Fantastically skeptical. Logically derived moral code
Fabulously inventive within the constraints imposed - which can be quite wide and complex.
Logical extrapolator extraordinaire.
"belief" is a carefully constructed logical argument.
Honesty, it's logical. Our world construct demands it. And we don't really get "protect others feelings" when it comes to facts (white lies).
When reading books I imagine the scene using the information provided. So I like very descriptive fiction. And hard sci-fi, I think those authors are alexithymic. Perfect extrapolations of current scientific theory. No errors of logic.
I don't return to imagine fictional "worlds" that I've read. Unless I read it again. I "see" the world only while I'm reading.
Rewatching movies or rereading books? - no, not unless it's overly complex or a long period of time since. I don't watch them for "feelings".
I'm critical of impossibilities and illogical plot twists. I also note factual errors. ad nauseum.
Classical & Ambient electronica (very few words - complex interweaving themes). Music with words is opera, I don't like opera.
subtractive thinker? I sculpt by removing, many sculpt by adding.
Exquisitively tactile. The emotions that are felt somatically are also somatically felt. They're processed separately from "normal" emotions but the processing is there none the less. "Goosebumps" are a somatic reaction. Want to see an alexithymic in exctasy? Break out the terrycloth, silk, wool, burlap, velvet, denim, feathers, brushes of all stiffnesses, etc. You get the idea. Plus hot and cold packs. Streams of air (shiver).
Tactile imagination. We don't feel emotion watching a movie but we have a "tactile sense" of the scenes. Violence and torture are painful. Porn is . . .
No imaginary friends - we think the entire idea is abhorrent. It would "damage" the world construct as much as a lie.
Ultra reality. But we know it's a construct. I don't know if a non-alexithymic can truly understand that. See "belief".
Consistent diet. I like to eat the same thing over and over and only slowly change my diet.
Restaurants know what I'm going to order because I order the same thing *every* time. Once I figure out what that one thing is. Usually takes a few tries. Example: the restaurant across the street next to the grocery store - I walk in, put money on the counter and leave, walk around the corner, get groceries, come back and my order is waiting. We never sat down and planned this. I don't even have to speak.
I like structure and get lost without it.
Depth learning. pick a subject and don't let go until satisified. Can study a subject for years. But then leave it with no "nostalgia".
Socially mute. Stumbling on stage. Deer in the headlights.
Delayed social response - a kiss from a pretty girl takes me about 3 minutes to process - she's gone by then. Fortunately same thing happens when anyone rude or violating *my* moral code "pisses me off" (the rage!).
Anyone can expect a response if they ask a question. But no-one should expect a non-solicited communication unless it is a question. Or a data dump