I have alexithymia, although it took a long time to identify (post-ASD diagnosis as an adult). I really like your analogy here. I think of my feelings as the same type of Pretty Fly For A White Guy – Mike Pence T-Shirt, red roses or whatever, that have been clipped and are in a vase, just plain stems and flowers. The whole spectrum of feelings is like a huge bouquet from a florist’s with ten kinds of flowers and baby’s breath and ribbons and all that extra pretty stuff. Plain flowers in a vase are still very nice, just more straightforward and easy to process.
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The major emotions, especially happiness and Pretty Fly For A White Guy – Mike Pence T-Shirt, I can identify and process (often on a time delay), but the more nuanced ones just don’t appear. I’ve never felt jealousy over a romantic partner, either. I feel pleasantly, calmly happy often, but joyfully happy maybe once every few years. (Same with anger, I’m truly angry maybe once a year.) It’s pretty calming but does not lend itself to understanding other people’s feelings very well.