Emotional Intelligence, Alexithymia, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Emotional topics are common in medical consultations as well as in psychotherapy. Patients often present to the doctors and therapists their hopes, uncertainties, feelings, and worries. However, patients often will not refrain from conveying their emotions explicitly in the consultation. Rather, emotions may be expressed as an indirect hint about underlying worries or concerns, often referred to as cues [1–3] or clues . Studies indicate that most consultations contain rather few cues to underlying emotions. Feelings may also be expressed more unambiguously, labeled in the literature, for instance, as concerns  or empathic opportunities .
KeywordsEmotion Regulation Trait Anxiety Emotional Intelligence Medical Consultation Fibromyalgia Patient
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