Alexithymia in Borderline Personality Pathology: from theory to a biosensor application

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The current thesis delivers a comprehensive account on the background, development and current status of alexithymia and emotional awareness. It provides a systematic overview, including a meta analysis, on how these phenomena relate to borderline personality pathology and explores relationships to other clinical variables. Furthermore, in this thesis we describe the development of a mHealth biofeedback app to support the treatment of alexithymia. To our knowledge, this app is one of the first in general and one of the very few to be at a stage of development ready for further research on clinical effectiveness, and broader dissemination and implementation in the foreseeable future.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • Bohlmeijer, Ernst T., Supervisor
  • Westerhof, Gerben J., Supervisor
  • Noordzij, Matthijs L., Co-Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date14 Jul 2022
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-94-6421-789-6
Electronic ISBNs978-94-6421-789-6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2022


  • Alexithymia
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • mHealth
  • User Centered Design
  • Biosensing
  • meta analysis
  • Review


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