Alexinomia is a psychological phenomenon characterised by impaired name saying behaviour. Affected individuals would like to be able to use names, however they avoid using names as a consequence of psychological and physical discomfort that is experienced in situations in which saying a name is intended. The main symptom is anxiety.
Calling another person by their name is a way to make contact. It can create a form of closeness and intimacy that is not always desired. Even if, it might be experienced as too personal and simply too much for an individual affected by alexinomia to feel safe and comfortable.
Research on the underlying causes of alexinomia is still in its infancy. So far, studies have shown that impaired name saying behaviour is linked to social anxiety, insecure attachment, and environmental factors such as instable childhood relationship systems that contribute to a vulnerable personality structure.
Alexinomia can be experienced by persons of all genders, age groups and cultures and seems to occur in many languages. Current research suggests that alexinomia-related symptoms are often part of a more general social anxiety disorder. However, not everyone who experiences alexinomia is socially anxious and vice versa.
If you are affected by alexinomia, you can sign up as a participant here.
If you think that you might be affected by alexinomia, you can sign up as a participant here. There is a variety of studies in operation, some are available to participate online (e.g. simple surveys), whereas other studies such as experimental studies and brainphysiological studies are conducted in our labs at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria.
There is a variety of studies in operation, some are available to participate online (e.g. simple surveys), whereas other studies such as experimental studies and brainphysiological studies are conducted in our labs at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria. The address of our SFU research center is: Freudplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria.
Evidence from empirical research suggests alexinomia to occur as part of a larger set of psychological symptoms or disorders. To treat it, we recommend psychotherapy or clinical psychological treatment by a trained professional. For questions and guidance regarding a potential treatment of alexinomia, feel free to contact us.